LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Blizzard Entertainment is gearing up to offer Olympic tourists a ride home during the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, Chief Executive Mike Morhaime said on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Jack Conger, one of 12 Blizzard Entertainment gamers from the United States competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, works on a third-person perspective of the video game “Overwatch” during an evening match in a hotel ballroom in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo

The free-roaming robot taxis are aimed at making it easier for people to get around during the Games, in which Tokyo plans to host as many as 50,000 visitors per day and the distance between venues and accommodations is increasingly taxing.

Players of Blizzard’s “Overwatch” online multiplayer fighting game are already able to borrow Blizzard controllers to control the robots during training sessions for the Tokyo Olympics, Morhaime said during a visit to Los Angeles.

Their moves will be updated during the Games, he said.

The use of roaming robots during the Games is taking place in both unmanned and human-controlled versions.

A Japanese construction company, Itochu Corp, earlier this year won a 1.27 billion yen ($12.72 million) order to build the first operational fleet of autonomous home-delivery robots that will help ease traffic congestion during the 2020 Games.

A Nintendo Co game console is being used by officials in Nagoya, about 120 miles (190 km) south of Tokyo, to put Olympic competition logos and messages on large display screens in lanes expected to be packed with Olympic fans.

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