Since our company was founded in January 2001, I have been aimed to make ZMP as the one and only company specialized in Robotics in the world. We have shared many exciting experiences with employees, partner companies and customers and I can feel that my dream comes true little by little as the years go by.
When I developed Autonomous mobile music robot “miuro” in 2006, I was so impressed with a type of value called the automation of the movement and I have been researching mainly Autonomous Driving technology. We are developing an Autonomous moving robot and its engine "IZAC®" with ZMP mission "Robot of everything. To create a joyful and convenient lifestyle by the accelerated movement of people and goods".
Since 2014 we are setting "Robot of Everything" and I am very proud that it is the only robot company in the world that realizes it.
Specifically, RoboCar® series is for the movement of people and we ‘ve just realized the world's first Autonomous Driving taxi services to fare-paying passengers on public roads between Otemachi and Roppongi,together with HINOMARU Kotsu Co., Ltd.
We also began the trials of Autonomous Driving services within Narita airport and Chubu International Airport, with Marubeni Corporation and KONOIKE Group.
CarriRo® series is for the movement of goods. Since 2016, we have been selling a cart type, logistics support robot, CarriRo® to many logistics, warehousing, factories, hotels etc.
From 2017, we began the demonstration experiment of the delivery robot called CarriRo® Deli, which runs outdoors. In 2017, we conducted demonstration experiments with Japan Post Co., Ltd. and Lawson, Inc., in Minami-soma city. And in 2018 we also conducted the demonstration service together with Keio University SFC and Lawson, Inc.
We have offered IZAC® to Komatsu Ltd., Bridgestone Corporation and many other companies. We are promoting the practical application of Autonomous Driving technology in a wide range of fields. Our group company and one of Sony`s subsidiary AeroSense Inc. is engaged in developing Autonomous Driving in the sky. As far as I know, there is not such as company like ZMP which provide the development and deployment of Autonomous Driving technologies in the world.
In 2019 we are planning to add a new product lineup with fully unmanned driving (Level 4) in the RoboCar® and CarriRo® series and we want to evolve it to the level that everyone can use in 2020.
ZMP isn’t a company of AI nor Automobile nor IT. We do produce robots through R&D.
We are offering "Robot and its service” company.
Currently, two of three engineers are foreigners from 30 countries around the world.
I would like to build an International working environment in Japan and to spread the robot revolution from Japan to the world.
ZMP is widely looking for employees and senior executives who can share with such a business. Why not challenge yourself as an engineer who develops robots that had not existed yet in this world, or, as a marketing person who introduce and deliver it to the world and users?
We are waiting for you who are good-hearted and with strong will power.
June 2017 ZMP Inc. CEO Hisashi Taniguchi
I am Taniguchi, the CEO of ZMP Inc. I was born in the countryside in a prefecture called Hyogo, which is located in the western part of Japan. I go back to my hometown for Obon (a Japanese summer holiday) and for New year’s. The people of my town love the land and nature which has been passed down from generation to generation. Unfortunately it is becoming increasingly difficult to live there due to rapid population aging. People have difficulty going to hospitals and grocery shopping. There are even people who give up and move to bigger towns in hope for a more convenient life.
Imagine what life would be like if they had transport that could take them anywhere. Imagine what would be like if they could get ingredients and meals delivered with a click of a button. This would help people to live in their small towns, which they love so much. I want to make life in the countryside rich and full of energy, just like the way things were when I was a child. The reality is that once these small towns become vacant, they can never be revived again.
We have no time to waste.
We, ZMP wants to make autonomous taxis and self-driving delivery robot services a reality. Right now, ZMP is working at full steam to make these goals come true by 2020.
In November 2015, I met Prime Minister Abe to publicly propose this idea for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.In June, 2017 the Japanese National Police Agency has officially announced a guideline for the permission to use public roads for testing remote control operation systems.
The future is becoming a reality.
The future is here. If we follow the guideline,we can make self-driving taxi run on public roads. Join us and let’s venture out into doing something exciting and challenging,something no one has ever done before.
I’m sure that there is at least one person in your family or someone you know who has problems going daily grocery shopping whether it be the city or countryside. Why don’t we give them a gift: A gift of freedom to go where they need and want to?
Of course you can wait for such services to become part of society but wouldn’t it be great if you could take part in this movement? I think it would be a lifetime memory. We are waiting for you who are good-hearted and with strong will power.