Any comments received will be submitted to the national committee AMT/10 “Robotics” for consideration when deciding the UK response to the associated Standards Development Organisation.

Proposal: ISO/NP 18646-7 – Robotics — Performance criteria and related test methods for service robots — Part 7: Travelling around humans

Please visit: ISO/NP 18646-7

Comment period end date: 10/02/2024


The purpose of this standard is to determine the ability of the robot to travel through workspaces with humans without affecting the human’s behaviour.

The test is characterized with travelling time of robots and changing of walking speed of humans, which reflects intelligence functions and physical functions of the robot in the manner of a black box testing.

The test is carried out for different configurated fields, where real humans are walking.

Safety of humans in the workspace is a prerequisite of this test.


Market prospect: Mobile service robots equipped with modern intelligence functions are becoming more adaptive and able to respond to complex environmental changes. As a consequence, the mobile robots are being introduced into environments where humans coexist. These robots play an active role in various fields, such as cargo transportation, and have high market potential in the near future. Nevertheless, there are no standard quantitative evaluation metrics regarding their adaptive performance against environmental changes. This situation makes it difficult for purchasers to select an appropriate robot based on their needs. It is also difficult for designers to differentiate these robots from other service robots and optimize their performance. In order to develop and use robots that can play an active role in actual workplaces, the standard test methods that can evaluate the adaptive performance are needed.

Problem solved: This proposal summarizes a series of specifications, test conditions, test objectives, test facilities, test procedures, and handling of test results for the performance of mobile robots used in human coexistence environments. The purpose of the proposal is to establish a consistent system of performance representation and evaluation methods for the mobile robots in order to address the lack of indicators of performance, design optimization, and product selection.

Value to standard users: This proposal can help users select the right robot for their operating environment at the time of purchase. In addition, R&D staff can use it to optimize their products. In addition, by specifying the performance expression and test method of the mobile robots in this proposal, it is expected to promote the development and application of the mobile robots, support research results in various fields, and enhance international trade. If you have any comment or need more information, please contact Sami Ortiz at [email protected]

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