China aims to build an innovation system for the development of humanoid robotics by 2025, according to guidelines issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on Thursday.
By 2025, China aims to achieve breakthroughs in some key technologies such as “brain, cerebellum and limbs” and secure the supply of key parts and components, according to the guidelines.
By 2027, the country will significantly enhance its technology innovation in humanoid robotics, form a safe and reliable industry chain and supply chain system, build a globally competitive industry ecology and bring the comprehensive strengthen to a world-class level, said the guidelines.
It also plans to create two to three industrial development clusters, and develop a group of specialized small and medium-sized enterprises to make China a global hub for advanced robotics in the coming two years.
Ahead of the World Robot Conference held in Beijing in August, the ministry said China would seek to boost innovation in robotics by focusing on higher-quality development and research collaboration.
Officials said that “accelerated” steps would be taken to build a collaborative innovation system for the robot industry chain to encourage robot firms to work together on research and development of advanced robots.
Stability of the supply chain and integration into the global supply chain system of robots was also a priority, according to the MIIT.
Some of the Chinese companies developing general-purpose humanoid robots include Shanghai-based Fourier Intelligence and Shenzhen-based UBTECH.