TOKYO -- Toyota Motor Corp. said on Tuesday it had made no decision yet on whether it would commercialize the humanoid robots it is developing.
"We're still just at a trial stage, having just set up a separate division to develop humanoid robots," a spokesman said.
His comments follow a report in the Asahi newspaper that Japan's top automaker aimed to start selling robots that can help look after elderly people or serve tea to guests by 2010.
Seiichi Sudo, a managing officer overseeing Toyota's robot division, has said he hoped to put the droid to use as a receptionist at some of the automaker's own facilities by 2010.
Rival Honda Motor Co., which has been developing humanoid robots for years, has also said it would be much longer before such robots can be commercially viable.