World's 1st Test for Avoiding Drone Collisions Held in Fukushima

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Minamisoma, Fukushima Pref., Dec. 14 (Jiji Press)--The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, or NEDO, carried out what it claims to be the world's flight test aimed at verifying the effectiveness of a collision avoidance system installed on an unmanned helicopter in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, on Friday.

The test, jointly conducted by major Japanese automaker Subaru Corp. <7270> and others in the Fukushima city of Minamisoma, is expected to contribute to the development of technologies designed to avoid collisions between drones and manned helicopters.

In the day's experiment, the unmanned helicopter while flying at a speed of some 40 kilometers per hour succeeded in detecting near its preset flight route a hovering manned helicopter.

"As the number of drones is expected to increase further, we want to develop a small sensor that can be mounted on drones," said Kazuhiko Miyamoto, project manager at NEDO's Robot and Artificial Intelligence Technology Department.

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