In addition, Toyota also develops humanoid robots. Toyota’s most recent humanoid robot prototype (one of many partner robots the automotive giant is developing) stands 130cm tall and weighs 50Kgr. Its legs have 7 degrees of freedom and it can run at an average speed of 7 km/h. In contrast, ASIMO’s maximum speed is 6km/h. The Toyota researchers had to develop new real-time methods for balance control. These methods make it possible for the robot to remain balanced when an external force such as a push from a human is applied when in motion.
The company was founded in 1933 and is headquartered in Toyota City, Japan.
Toyota Motor Corp. is bringing high tech to healthcare as it works on a family of robots geared to lift patients and help the paralyzed walk.