Whiz, SoftBank Robotics’ AI- Powered Autonomous Vacuum Sweeper, Surpasses Major Deployment Milestone

Launched in 2019, SoftBank Robotics America announces the deployment of over 6,000 units in markets such as Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, and the United States.

SoftBank Robotics America (SBRA) announced that, as of the end of March 2020, SBRA and parent company SoftBank Robotics Group Corp. (SBRG) have globally sold more than 6,000 cumulative units of their AI-enabled autonomous vacuum sweeper called ‘Whiz.’ Following the launch of the humanoid robot Pepper, SBRG introduced Whiz to the company’s robotics portfolio on November 19, 2018, and began providing it commercially starting May 2019 in Japan. Whiz was then launched in Hong Kong, Macau, and Singapore in September 2019 followed by the United States in November. Demand for Whiz has increased in recent months in large part due to the worldwide surge in demand for cleaning services and labor-supporting technology. SBRA expects that in the months to come, global demand for Whiz will continue to increase as companies place more emphasis on a “confirmed clean” of their environment.

By utilizing Whiz, SBRA will respond to the increased interest around the world to enhance cleanliness at facilities and the cleaning industry’s needs for more advanced solutions. Concurrently, SBRA aims to help solve issues many in the industry face, including the persistent strain on the industry’s workforce.

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