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Project for an Energy Saving Society Using Robots and Drones

Project overview

Project period: FY2017 to FY2021, FY2021 budget: JPY 4 billion

In the logistics field—which requires more efficient use of energy, including increased use of small-lot transportation and decreased load factors—and the infrastructure inspection field—which faces an urgent need for longer life-based resource reduction through efficient inspections—the utilization of drones and robots is expected to help achieve energy conservation.

Therefore, the goals of this project are promoting the development of drones and robots that can be utilized in the logistics, infrastructure inspection, disaster response, and other fields, establishing a system for social implementation, and implementing flight tests.

[1] Development of performance evaluation standards for robots and drone airframes
  • (1) Research and development of performance evaluation standards
    Formulate field and robot-specific performance evaluation standards for various robots (e.g., drones, land robots, underwater robots) expected to be utilized in logistics, infrastructure inspection, disaster response, and other fields.
  • (2) Research and development to improve energy conservation performance
    Develop high-efficiency energy system technologies to contribute to the improvement of continuous operation times for various kinds of robots.
[2] Development of drone flight management systems and collision avoidance technology
  • (1) Development of drone flight management systems
    Develop various functions and systems to support the safe flight of drones, including the flight management integration function, flight management function, and information provision function, which constitute a flight management system for the purposes of this project.
  • (2) Development of drone collision avoidance technology
    Develop technology that enables drones to detect objects on the ground or in the air and then instantly determine flight paths so as to avoid collisions.
[3] Promotion of international standardization related to robots and drones
  • (1) De jure standard
    Gain an understanding of trends in international organizations and foreign countries involved with the promotion of standardization, pursue studies and development activities while cooperating internationally, and implement activities to link the results of this project to international standardization.
  • (2) De facto standard
    Regarding robots—for which technological development is rapid and de facto standardization is the key—promote the collection in Japan of the latest global technological trends as well as methods for accelerating development competition by using rules developed in Japan.
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Basic information

Technical field
  • Robots and artificial intelligence
Project code P17004
Department in charge
  • Robot and Artificial Intelligence Technology Department (TEL: 044-520-5244)