Japanese carmaker Toyota launches a rehabilitation robot rental service. Amy Pollock reports.
Japan's ageing population could keep moving for longer thanks to this robotic leg system. The rehabilitation robot built by carmaker Toyota is designed to help patients who have lower limb paralysis. The treadmill, monitor and robotic leg help patients bend their knees or perform stretching movements. Toyota hopes investing in robots like this as well as self-driving cars will appeal to the growing population aged 65 or over. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) TOYOTA MOTORS CORPORATION MANAGING OFFICER, TOSHIYUKI ISOBE, SAYING: "The reason why we began Partner Robot was because we wanted to do something good for society and people." The walk assist system adjusts itself to its user. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) TOYOTA MOTORS CORPORATION MANAGING OFFICER, TOSHIYUKI ISOBE, SAYING: "As society changes, I think it's appropriate that our automobile business produces a business like the Partner Robot." Toyota aims to make one hundred Wellwalk robots available to hire from autumn 2017, with an inital fee of around $9,000 and a monthly cost of $3,000.