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Performance Evaluation Manuals for Robots Compiled Accelerate demonstration and evaluation of robots to achieve public implementation

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) jointly compiled the Performance Evaluation Manuals that explain test methods and other relevant details for evaluating the fundamental performance of robots that are to be conducted at facilities that simulate actual working environments, such as the Fukushima Robot Testing Field being developed at present, with the aim of accelerating the implementation of robots for infrastructure inspections and disaster response.

1. Background

In recent years, civil infrastructure, such as bridges and dams, are aging and their maintenance costs have been increasing. Additionally, there are concerns over labor shortages due to the dwindling birthrate and an aging population. Additionally, as means to respond to disasters and accidents, there is a growing need for robots to replace people in investigating damage. Development and demonstration of robots that solve these problems are being actively conducted; however, it is inefficient to bring test robots into the field to perform their initial performance evaluations.

Therefore, developing demonstration facilities that simulate actual working environments and establishing performance evaluation methods that enable developers to easily check robot performance before conducting on-site testing are necessary. At present, the Fukushima Robot Testing Field is being developed and the construction of a bridge, a large water tank, tunnel, etc. that simulate actual working environments are all planned for the site. Regarding the development of improved evaluation methods, NEDO's "Drones and Robots for Ecologically Sustainable Societies Project" developed evaluation methods for robots that are expected to be utilized for infrastructure inspection and disaster response.

2. Performance Evaluation Manuals

These manuals explain test procedures for evaluating the performance of robots to be conducted at facilities that simulate actual working environments. Situations where robots are to be utilized for infrastructure inspection and disaster response, and data that should be collected through inspection are both defined in the manuals. The evaluation tests include those wherein robots perform simulated missions based on expected scenarios. The manuals reflect the results of discussions at the Robot Performance Evaluation Committee held by academics and experts that specialize in robotics technology, infrastructure inspection, disaster response measures, etc.

The manuals for the following fields are publicized as shown in the Attachment.

By evaluating the robot performance required for inspection work in simulated situations in accordance with these manuals prior to conducting on-site demonstrations, developers can more easily check the performance of their robots and carry out development activities more efficiently, while inspectors can objectively compare the performance of robots based on the collected data.

3. Future schedule

METI, together with NEDO, will promote dissemination of these manuals with the aim of accelerating the public implementation of robots.

Release date

May 30, 2018

Division in Charge

Robotics Policy Office, Industrial Machinery Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

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