Our aim in the robotics human assist business domain is to focus on our core business of industrial robots. At the same time, we also intend to create a market for robots that are easier to use and that function in domains more closely involved with people. The key words that inspire these new robot markets are: co-existence with people, close proximity to people, and assistance for people.
On the one hand, we are pressing ahead with the development of next-generation service robots, starting with the SmartPal, on the assumption that robots will coexist and collaborate with human beings in the society of the future. On the other hand, we are also working to further accelerate the rapid expansion of the service robot market by going ahead and placing existing industrial robots in the service field first, and we have initiated measures to open up that market even sooner.