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NEDO Conducts a Demonstration Test of Debris Flow Disaster Prediction Simulation Utilizing a Multi-Rotor Drone

-Accelerating the Commercialization of Disaster Response Robots in Partnership with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism-
November  24,2016
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

As part of a NEDO project, on November 24, Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd., Tohoku University, Enroute Co., Ltd., Kogakuin University, and Fieldpro, Inc. conducted a demonstration test of a debris flow disaster prediction simulation, utilizing a multi-rotor drone at Fugen-dake on Mount Unzen, an active volcano in Nagasaki Prefecture. A multi-rotor drone and a debris sampling device were used to collect debris from locations staged as entry restricted areas to verify the effectiveness of the technology to simulate possible debris flow disasters.

This demonstration test was conducted with the cooperation of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), and more demonstration tests and further improvements to robots in collaboration with MLIT are planned with the aim of accelerating its commercialization until the project ends in fiscal year 2017.

  • photos:Image of the multi-roter drone and Mount Unzen's Fugen-dake and Debris sampling device

For more information, please contact:

NEDO Robot and Artificial Intelligence Technology Department
Contact Persons: Yasukawa, Kawakami, Uchiyama Tel: +81-44-520-5241