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NEDO Develops a System to Use Drones to Search for Buried Vehicles Following Landslides

- Experiment succeeds at identifying vehicle position using a suspended electromagnetic search system -
June  5,2017
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
Enroute Co., Ltd.
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Hitachi, Ltd.
Yachiyo Engineering Co., Ltd.

As part of a NEDO project, Enroute Co., Ltd., the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Hitachi, Ltd., and Yachiyo Engineering Co., Ltd. have developed a system for searching for buried vehicles from the air in the aftermath of landslides. This system involves an electromagnetic sensor capable of surveying underground objects mounted from the underside of a drone. Compared to a helicopter, it is capable of accessing narrower areas, making it possible to conduct more accurate searches based on low altitude flights.

This time, the project team conducted an on-site verification test in Shizuoka Prefecture where actual vehicles were buried. The team was successful in using the system to identify the location of the vehicle covered by 1.5 meters of soil. Moving forward, NEDO aims to contribute to expediting rescue activities at disaster sites where it is difficult or dangerous for first responders to enter by conducting multiple experiments in environments similar to actual disaster locations such as mountain slopes and promoting practical use.

For more information, please contact:

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