从飞行汽车到机器人 日本欲借奥运会展示科技创新

2019-03-14 22:01

据3月13日报道,2020年东京奥运会不仅是一次体育盛事,还会向外界展示多项高新技术,如:无人驾驶汽车、机器人志愿者和超高清电视。日本希望借此契机显示其已经重回科技和创新的领跑者之列。

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日本上一次举办夏季奥运会是在1964年的东京,通过流线型车身、子弹头设计的高速列车新干线惊艳了游客,也让新干线成为了炫酷高效交通方式的代名词。日本曾借助奥运会展示其科技实力。从夏普的液晶显示屏,到索尼的随身听,日本曾在技术创新领域享有难以企及的威名。但21世纪以来,硅谷巨头和中国、韩国竞争者迎头赶上,甚至收购了几家著名日本科技企业。日本一桥大学Yoko Ishikura教授表示:“日本面临的最大问题之一就是我们仍然觉得自己很有创造力。但看看世界上其他国家就知道,日本并不是最具创造力的。日本人没意识到其他国家正发生的变化,这让人担心。”

来日本的游客常常会因为看到这个国家仍然有许多低端科技产品而感到诧异。翻盖电话和传真机之类的老式设备依然常用。政府和许多公司计划改变这种现状。

2020年东京奥运会的发言人Masa Takaya表示:“我们提出的2020年奥运愿景中,有一项是将其打造为历史上最创新的奥运会。”

创新产品

松下奥运事业部门经理Masanori Matsushima负责整个展区,该展区专门展览奥运期间投入使用的技术。他表示奥运会激励了日本公司,它们纷纷利用这一契机发明具有创造力的新产品。

游客抵达机场之后,会有多语种机器人接待,还可以从智能手机选择目的地,然后坐上自动座椅抵达。松下正致力于研发一套巧妙的自动翻译系统,可以应用于例如结账柜台之类的地方。两人分别用自己的语言冲着各自一端的屏幕说话,文字翻译则会及时显示在对方的屏幕上。

日本电气将使用面部识别系统来识别30万运动员、工作人员及记者,0.3秒内即可识别一人,这样可以加快进入场馆的速度,加强安保措施。

日本NHK电视台将通过8K超高清画面播放比赛,给观众惊喜。为了给奥运会做准备,NHK已经在2018年12月播放了世界上第一个8K节目。

不太懂体育的观众观赛体验也会提升,先进的运动传感器设备会提供一系列数据,比如球的位置、心率和运动员的动作等。富士通甚至与国际体操联合会合作,输入动作数据来协助裁判工作。

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最能展现创新的还要数汽车交通领域。随着汽车行业开始经历重大转变,CLSA公司的分析师克里斯多福里克特(Christopher Richter)表示:“2020年是一个理想时刻,它可能是新旧世界的分界线。”

丰田的奥运会及残奥会部门的总经理Yasunobu Seki表示,丰田会将其未来感无人驾驶汽车e-Palette投入使用,该车没有方向盘,可以在预先设定好的区域活动。

全日空公司近期在东京羽田机场测试了无人驾驶公共汽车以及一些无人驾驶出租车服务,旨在2020年奥运会期间可以完全投入使用。然而,克里特也提醒道:“想要实现完全无人驾驶汽车,我们还有很长的路要走。”

奥运会也将是汽车制造商展示最新驾驶科技的一个机会。丰田公司的Yasunobu Seki表示:“这是一个展示氢能汽车可以为人们的出行提供便捷的好机会。”

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English version

According to a report on March 13, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is not only a sports event, but also a number of high-tech technologies such as driverless cars, robot volunteers and ultra-high-definition television. Japan hopes to take this opportunity to show that it has returned to the ranks of technology and innovation.

Japan’s last summer Olympics was held in Tokyo in 1964. The high-speed train Shinkansen, designed with streamlined body and bullets, surprised visitors and made the Shinkansen a synonym for cool and efficient transportation. Japan has used the Olympics to showcase its technological strength. From Sharp's LCD screen to Sony's Walkman, Japan has enjoyed an unbeatable reputation in the field of technological innovation. But since the 21st century, Silicon Valley giants and Chinese and Korean competitors have caught up and even acquired several famous Japanese technology companies. Professor Yoko Ishikura of Hitotsubashi University in Japan said: "One of the biggest problems facing Japan is that we still feel that we are very creative. But look at other countries in the world to know that Japan is not the most creative. The Japanese are not conscious. It is worrying about the changes that are taking place in other countries."

Visitors to Japan often find it strange to see that there are still many low-end technology products in the country. Old-fashioned devices such as flip phones and fax machines are still commonly used. The government and many companies plan to change this situation.

Masa Takaya, spokesperson for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, said: "One of our visions for the 2020 Olympics is to make it the most innovative Olympic Games in history."

Innovative products

Masanori Matsushima, manager of the Panasonic Olympics business unit, is responsible for the entire exhibition area, which specializes in the technology that was put into use during the Olympics. He said that the Olympics have inspired Japanese companies, and they have used this opportunity to invent new creative products.

Upon arrival at the airport, visitors will receive a multilingual robotic reception. They can also choose a destination from their smartphone and then arrive in an automatic seat. Panasonic is working on a sophisticated automated translation system that can be used, for example, in checkout counters. The two speak in their own language on the screen of each side, and the text translation will be displayed on the other party's screen in time.

Nippon Electric will use a facial recognition system to identify 300,000 athletes, staff and journalists, and identify one person in 0.3 seconds, which will speed up the entry into the venue and strengthen security measures.

Japan's NHK TV station will play the game through 8K ultra-high-definition screen to surprise the audience. In preparation for the Olympics, NHK has broadcast the world's first 8K program in December 2018.

The audience experience of sports audiences will also increase, and advanced motion sensor equipment will provide a range of data, such as the position of the ball, heart rate and athletes' movements. Fujitsu even cooperates with the International Gymnastics Federation to input action data to assist the referee.

Flying car

The most innovative aspect of the car traffic field. As the automotive industry begins to undergo major changes, CLSA analyst Christopher Richter said: "2020 is an ideal time, it may be the dividing line between the old and new world."

Yasunobu Seki, general manager of Toyota's Olympic and Paralympic Department, said that Toyota will use its futuristic driverless car e-Palette, which has no steering wheel and can be used in pre-defined areas.

ANA recently tested unmanned buses and some unmanned taxi services at the Haneda Airport in Tokyo, which is fully operational during the 2020 Olympics. However, Crete also reminded: "We still have a long way to go to achieve a completely driverless car."

The Olympics will also be an opportunity for automakers to showcase the latest driving technology. Toyota’s Yasunobu Seki said: “This is a good opportunity to show that hydrogen-powered cars can provide convenience for people to travel.”

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