Sony Corp. said Wednesday it will set up a venture fund of around ¥20 billion ($185 million) with a Daiwa Securities Group Inc. unit to invest in prospective startups.
Yamato Transport and Rakuten are among a group of companies set to partner with the Japanese government to test unmanned delivery robots on public roads.
In an unusual combination of disciplines, a basketball-shooting robot created by Japan’s leading automaker helped students at a Tokyo elementary school on Friday to learn math.
A robot inspired by duck farming is playing an active part in reducing weed growth in terraced rice paddies in Yamagata Prefecture.
Chubu Electric Power Co. said Wednesday that it has invested in Groove X Inc., a robotics start-up based in Tokyo.
The country’s first firefighting robot system has been deployed to the Ichihara City Fire Department in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture, home to industrial zones in coastal and other areas. The system will battle blazes in hazardous locations that are difficult for firefighters to reach.
A Japanese team won second prize in an international race to accurately map the ocean floor using autonomous exploration robots, competition organizer XPrize Foundation announced at a ceremony in Monaco on Saturday.
The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and Sky Perfect JSAT Corp. have successfully conducted a test to detect a missing person in mountain areas using a drone operated via satellite communications.
The Niigata municipal government Sunday showed Group of 20 and other officials devices for smart agriculture, such as an autonomous rice-planting machine and a drone.
Eight teams from Japan and overseas participated in an electric wheelchair race in Kawasaki on Sunday, competing along a challening course.