New Energy and Industrial Technology
Development Organization

Drones and Robots for
Ecologically Sustainable Societies project(DRESS project)

R&D Activities

1 : R&D of performance evaluation methods

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

  • Autonomous Control Systmes Laboratory Ltd. (ACSL) / Fujitsu Ltd. / NEC Corporation / Ixis, Inc. / Enroute Co., Ltd. / Prodrone Co., Ltd. / Panasonic Corporation / Panasonic System Solutions Japan Co., Ltd. / Aero Asahi Corporation / Subaru Corporation / MItubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. / Manufacturing Sciene and Technology Center / National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) / The University of Tokyo / EAMS ROBOTICS Ltd.,Co. / Japan Organization of Occupational Health and Safety

  • National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)/The University of Tokyo/EAMS ROBOTICS Ltd.,Co. / Prodrone Co., Ltd./Autonomous Control Systems Laboratory Ltd./ Japan Organization of Occupational Health and Safety

  • National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)/ The University of Tokyo/National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health Japan Organization of Occupational Health and Safety/Japan Atomic Energy Agency/Nagaoka University of Technology/EAMS ROBOTICS Co., Ltd./Prodrone Co. Ltd./Tokyo Aircraft Instrument Co., Ltd./Hongo Aerospace, Inc.

2 : R&D to improve energy-saving performance

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

R&D of energy management for unmanned aircraft

1 : Development of drone flight control systems and collision avoidance technology

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.

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 the Concept and Architecture Design of the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) System

6 R&D on remote identification and airspace sharing with manned aircraft

  • ・ NEC Corporation: Research on remote identification information sharing platform, Miniaturization of remote ID devices, etc.
    ・ Hitachi, Ltd.: Research on location information sharing platforms, etc.
    ・ NTT DOCOMO, INC.: Research related to the provision of information obtained from mobile networks to information sharing platforms, etc.
    ・ KDDI CORPORATION: Research on network-based communications systems, development of communications systems for network-based remote IDs, etc.
    ・ Terra Drone Corporation: A study of communication control
    ・ NTT DATA Corporation: Research of operator information and unmanned aircraft information management functions, etc.
    ・ National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT): Research on communication method between unmanned aircrafts, development of communication performance evaluation method of direct broadcasting method
    ・ National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology (MPAT): Research on network-type detection technologies for manned aircraft
    ・ The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA): Research on inter-aircraft flight information sharing technology for manned aircraft and unmanned aircraft, etc.

7 R&D of functional extension of the integrated flight control function

  • ・NEC Corporation: R&D of flight management of integrated traffic management function
    ・NTT DATA Corporation: R&D of extending the functionality of aerial area information management
    ・Hitachi, Ltd.: R&D of functional expansion of flight status management
    ・Weathernews Inc.: R&D of functional expansion of weather information provision

8 R&D of flight control function to achieve long distances on a non-consolidated basis (for remote islands)

9 R&D of unmanned aircraft weather information provision function considering regional characteristics

10 Demonstration project of traffic management system considering regional characteristics and expandability

2 : Development of UAV collision avoidance technology

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

1 Non-collaborative SAA

2 Collaborative SAA

3 Downsizing and low power consumption of collision avoidance systems

4 R&D of small, low-power-consumption receivers and antennas compatible with quasi-zenith satellite systems

1 : De jure standards

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.

2 : De facto standards

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.

1 : 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.

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