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AI Disinfection and Mobility Robots Unveiled at New Takanawa Gateway Station in Tokyo

East Japan Railway unveiled today an autonomous disinfection and mobility robots at it have recently opened high-tech Takanawa Gateway Station in Tokyo.  East Japan Railway aims to introduce them by March 2025. The railway company is introducing advanced robots at Takanawa Gateway Station as a test site of new technology. AI robots that provide train transfer information and detect suspicious items have already been installed at the station and there is a convenience store with automated checkouts. JR East is considering using the robot, and other disinfection robots to be introduced later, to sanitize the inside of train cars in the future.

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The cleaning robot, developed by Nippon Signal and Cyberdyne, sanitizes handrails, benches and other parts of Takanawa Gateway Station by spraying disinfectant. The artificial-intelligence equipped robot, Clinabo CL02, uses three-dimensional cameras and sensors to avoid obstacles.In another demonstration, a robot that looks like a Yamanote Line train car served coffee in a conference room at the station.

Other robots that carry luggage, food and drinks as well as personal mobility vehicles for transporting people inside and around the station are also being operated on a trial basis as part of a project showcasing the area around the new station.

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Takanawa Gateway Station opened between Tamachi and Shinagawa stations in March. It is the 30th station on JR East’s Yamanote Line and the first to be built on the line since Nishi-Nippori Station in 1971. East Japan Railway is introducing advanced robots at Takanawa Gateway Station as a test site of new technology. AI robots that provide train transfer information and detect suspicious items have already been installed at the station and there is a convenience store with automated checkouts.