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Agricultural UGVs Trialled in Japan

Published: 24 Jul 2019

Yamaha Motor agricultural UGV

Yamaha Motor has announced that an operational trial of agricultural UGVs (Unmanned Ground Vehicles) will take place in the orchards of the Hamamatsu Fruit Park Tokinosumika experiential theme park in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. The trial will be conducted in partnership with the Hamamatsu City Council and Tokinosumika Co.,Ltd.

The trial aims to:

  • Evaluate the vehicle’s basic performance – verification of moving off, stopping, turning as well as off-road performance in orchards
  • Evaluate the vehicle’s autonomous travel technology
  • Acquire related knowledge across a wide variety of fruit orchards

The initiative is part of “ART for Human Possibilities, Advancing Robotics,” which is one aspect of Yamaha Motor’s long-term vision. The Company aims to contribute to labor saving and automation in the agricultural field through accelerating the development of robotics technology and unmanned systems.

Posted by Mike Ball Mike is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passions for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years.

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