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Japan Opens Robot Safety Center

Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), and Japan’s Automobile Research Institute (JARI), have established a new Robot Safety Center in Tsukuba, Japan.  The center is developing a battery of tests that will set safety standards for personal assisted-living robots such as Cyberdyne’s HAL exoskeleton and autonomous security and cleaning robots.  The 3,600 square foot facility has four major testing areas that will allow trained examiners to analyze driving (obstacle detection), electronic jamming resistance, durability, and so on.  By 2015 the center will provide one-stop certification services with Japan Quality Assurance Agency (JQA) for robots entering the market.

Video (HAL exoskeleton strength test) (Mirror):

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Video (cleaning robot vs crash test dummy) (Mirror):

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Video (Subaru cleaning robot obstacle detection) (Mirror):

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[source: Robonable (JP)] & [more coverage: RoboTimes (JP)]