LONDON, June 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — SoftBank Robotics Group Corp. (“SBRG”) today announced that, as of the end of June 2020, it recorded global cumulative sales of more than 10,000 units of ‘Whiz,’ the AI-enabled vacuum-cleaning robot developed and provided by SoftBank Robotics Corp. As a result, Whiz is now the global No.1 in market share for autonomous professional cleaning robots by sales.*
Following the launch of the humanoid robot ‘Pepper,’ SBRG announced Whiz as its second robot in November 2018, and it began providing Whiz commercially from May 2019 in Japan. Whiz was later launched in Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and the United States, and is now available in five countries and regions. SBRG plans to expand Whiz sales to other countries and regions in the future. In response to the spread of COVID-19, in June 2020, SBRG verified that the virus can be reduced by using Whiz to clean floors, and it also began offering “Disinfection Solution (β version),” an agent combined with Whiz, to disinfect walls, door knobs and other points inside buildings.