Development of single-passenger mobility-support robot "ROPITS" for autonomous locomotion on footpaths

Tokyo, March 12, 2013 - Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501, "Hitachi") today announced the development of a mobility-support robot "ROPITS"(1) equipped with a "specified arbitrary point autonomous pick-up and drop-off function" that can autonomously navigate to a point specified by a portable information terminal. The "specified arbitrary point autonomous pick-up and drop-off function" enables autonomous locomotion to a specified arbitrary point identified on a map on the Reservation/ Operation Screen of a portable information terminal. Using this function, ROPITS is able to autonomously go and pick-up a passenger at any desired pick-up point on a footpath, or deliver a passenger to a specified arbitrary destination.