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Press Release

NEDO Conducts Test to Develop Performance Evaluation Standards for Mobile Land-based Robots in Disaster Settings

– Validates testing methods and conditions –
February  5,2018
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
Fukushima Prefecture

NEDO and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. have conducted a test to develop performance evaluation standards for a remote-controlled land-mobile robot, which is expected to be utilized when a disaster occurs at a tunnel or a plant.

In this test, non-standard environments – including such elements as puddles, obstacles, darkness, and sources of gas leaks, which might be found at the scenes of disasters in a tunnel or a plant – were stimulated. In these environments, NEDO validated its testing method for evaluating the performance of a remote-controlled land-mobile robot in terms of its mileage, time, and information collected by sensors on the robot. Additionally, a testing method for evaluating the operational performance of a robot that can be used in both disaster situations and routine inspections was also validated.

Through the data collected from this test, along with further efforts, NEDO will contribute to developing performance evaluation standards for remote-controlled land-mobile robots, which can handle disaster situations in tunnels or plants and will eliminate the need for human rescue workers to enter dangerous environments to evaluate conditions.

For more information, please contact:

(Regarding the News Release)
NEDO Robot and Artificial Intelligence Technology Department
Contact Persons: Miyamoto, Yamanaka, Nagamatsu Tel: +81-44-520-5241­

(Regarding the Fukushima Robot Test Field)
Fukushima Prefecture, Commerce, Industry and Labour Department, Robot Industry Promotion Unit
Contact Person: Kitajima Tel: +81-24-521-8047­