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Yamaha Motor Begins Trial of Agricultural UGVs in Hamamatsu City

Press release   •   Jul 23, 2019 02:00 UTC

UGV Under Development

IWATA, July 23, 2019 - Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Tokyo: 7272) today announced that an operational trial of Agricultural UGVs (Unmanned Ground Vehicles) will begin from August 2019 in the orchards of the Hamamatsu Fruit Park Tokinosumika experiential theme park in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.

Conducted in partnership with the Hamamatsu City Council and Tokinosumika Co.,Ltd., this trial aims to evaluate the vehicle’s basic performance and autonomous travel technology as well as acquire related knowledge across a wide variety of fruit orchards.

This 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.

*Theme park visitors will not be able to test ride or operate the UGV in this trial.


■ Trial overview

Location: Hamamatsu Fruit Park Tokinosumika
(Miyakoda-chō 4263-1, Kita Ward, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan)
Period: August 2019-March 2020

1. Evaluation of basic vehicle performance (verification of moving off, stopping, turning as well as off-road performance in orchards)

2. Evaluation of autonomous travel technology as well as acquiring related knowledge (checking of image processing technology, location information control, etc.)


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