"This new generation of robot Companions fully integrated in the society requires the mobilization of multidisciplinary scientific and technological excellence, the building of dedicated robotics research infrastructures, and the study of ethical, legal, social and economic implications."
In particular, in Peccioli we have one of the three RIF (Robotics Innovation Facility) of the ECHORD++ project, who has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 601116 as part of the ECHORD++ (The European Coordination Hub for Open Robotics Development) project.
The Robotics Innovation Facilities offer access to high-tech robotic equipment and expertise at zero risk. In addition the Peccioli RIF provides access to real and realistic environments to be used as testing beds to validate technological solutions. They can be seen as a racetrack for robots, in which you can develop/test/validate them.
"The research area of Robot Companions for Citizens focus mainly, but not only, on the fields of: “Neurodevelopmental BioEngineering”, “Marine Robotics”, “Ethical, Legal, Social and Economic Issues of Robotics”, “Humanoid Robotics” and “Educational Robotics”, and it is correlated with the research laboratory on Assistive Robotics."