New Energy and Industrial Technology
Development Organization

About Project

■ The use of drones and robots is expected to help save energy, particularly in the logistics sector where there has been bigger demand for energy-efficiency due to the increase in transportation of small deliveries and lighter load ratios, as well as the infrastructure inspection sector where there has been an urgent need to reduce the use of resources by ensuring a longer operating life through effective and efficient inspections.

■ This project aims to encourage the development of drones and robots that can be used in sectors and fields such as logistics, infrastructure inspection and disaster coping, while also running test flights and establishing systems in preparation for utilization of them in the society.

Development of performance evaluation methods for robot and UAV devices

R&D of performance evaluation methods (FY2016 –FY 2017), (FY2018 - FY2019)

Establish performance evaluation methods for each sector and robot type, for various types of robots (including UAVs, land-based robots and underwater robots).

R&D to improve energy-saving performance (FY2017 - FY2019)

Develop technology for efficient energy systems required for increasing the continuous operating time of various robots.

Development of drone flight control systems and collision avoidance technology

Development of UAV flight control systems (FY2017 - FY2019)

Develop various functions and systems to ensure that drones can be operated safely, based on the project's flight control systems comprised of information provision functions, flight control functions and integrated flight control functions.

Development of UAV collision avoidance technology (FY2017 - FY2019)

Develop technology that enables drones to detect objects on land and in the midair, so that they can fly by avoiding collisions with those objects in real time.

Promotion of international standards related to robots and UAVs

De jure standards (F2017 - FY2021)

Conduct research and development while cooperating on an international level to identify trends among international organizations promoting standardization and various groups in other countries, and implement activities for linking the achievements of this project to international standards.

De facto standards (FY2017 - FY2020)

Gather worldwide latest trend of technology in Japan and promote methods to speed up the development competition based on rules from Japan, regarding robots whose property is that its technological development is extremely fast and de fact standards are the key.

Implemantion of Special training program on robot performance evaluation methods

Implemantion of Special training program on robot performance evaluation methods
Development of human resource aimed at utilizing robot performance evaluation methods and Fukushima Robot Test Field (RTF) for domestic and foreign robot manufacturers.

Project Overall Schedule

R&D Item 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Development of performance evaluation standards for robot and drone devices R&D of performance evaluation methods
R&D to improve energy-saving performance
Development of drone flight control systems and collision avoidance technology Development of drone flight control systems
1) Development of integrated flight control function
2) Development of flight control function(for logistics and disaster response)
3) Development of flight control function(for remote islands)
4) Development of information provision function
5) R&D of overall design of flight control systems
Development of drone collision avoidance technology 1) Non-collaborative SAA
2) Collaborative SAA
Promotion of international standards related to robots and drones De jure standards
De facto standards (World Robot Summit)
Implementation of Special training program on robot performance evaluation methods Implementation of Special training program on robot performance evaluation methods

Call for Proposals

Project name Prior notice Start date deadline Result
Development of performance evaluation methods for robot and drone devices Mar. 3, 2016 (japanese) Apr. 4, 2016 (japanese) May 19, 2016 Jun. 30, 2016 (japanese)
Drones and Robots for Ecologically Sustainable Societies project Jan. 19, 2017 (japanese) Feb. 15, 2017 (japanese) Mar. 17, 2017 May. 16, 2017 (japanese)
R&D of performance evaluation methods for BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) and third parties overflight Feb. 13, 2018 (japanese) Mar. 13, 2018 (japanese) Apr. 11, 2018 May 30, 2018 (japanese)
Implementation of Special training program on robot performance evaluation methods Apr. 16, 2018 (japanese) May. 16, 2018 (japanese) Jun. 14, 2018 Jul. 26, 2018 (japanese)

Project Plan

Project Budget

FY2017 30 million US dollars
FY2018 29.2 million US dollars

Project Activities

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