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NEDO and Partners Conduct Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Flight Test, Aiming to Set Guidelines for Performance Evaluation Standards for Bridge Inspections

– Demonstrates validity for testing methods and environment –
January  11,2018
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
Fukushima Prefecture

NEDO, Fujitsu Ltd., NEC Corp., iXs Research Corp., enRoute Co., Ltd., and Prodrone Co., Ltd. have conducted an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flight test in Togane, Chiba Prefecture. The test aims to set guidelines for performance evaluation standards for UAVs used in bridge inspections.

In this test, an UAV flew around a model bridge at the demonstration facility, demonstrating the validity of the testing method for performance evaluations, in accordance with the inspection process for the model bridge and the measurement system necessary for the evaluation. It also demonstrated the validity of the testing environment for performance evaluations of flight stability that take into account disturbances such as wind.

Through a combination of examining the data from this test and making further efforts, NEDO will contribute to creating guidelines for performance evaluation standards for UAVs that are used in bridge inspections.

For more information, please contact:

NEDO Robot and Artificial Intelligence Technology Department
Contact Persons: Miyamoto, Yamanaka, Nagamatsu Tel: +81-44-520-5241­

Fukushima Prefecture Commerce, Industry, and Labour Department, Robot Industry Promotion Unit
Contact Person: Kitajima Tel: +81-24-521-8047­