Sony Mobile joint venture shows off two new UAS from AeroSense

By Patrick C. Miller | August 27, 2015

Sony Mobile has unveiled two new unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) developed under the joint venture it announced last month with Japanese companies ZMP and AeroSense Inc.

The AeroSense AS-DT01-E is an experimental vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) UAV that transitions to fixed-wing flight, reaching a top speed of just over 66 miles per hour (see video). It can carry a 22-pound payload.

The AS-MC01-P is a quadcopter prototype produced by AeroSense (see video). It’s capable of autonomous flight using an inertial navigation system, global positioning system and potentially vision by self-estimation (Visual SLAM). It can provide high-resolution imaging with a Sony DSC-QX30 camera.

Under the joint venture, Sony’s camera, sensing, telecommunications network, and robotics technologies will be leveraged alongside ZMP’s automated driving and robotics technologies together with its business experience in industrial fields.

Aerosense combines these assets and develops UAS solutions for measuring, surveying, observing and inspecting. The goal is to roll out the services for enterprise customers beginning in 2016.

“Aerosense has access to all the technology that Sony and ZMP have,” said Satoru Shimada, who’s in charge of business development for AeroSense. “ZMP is famous for autonomous driving technology. Sony has good imaging sensors as well as robotics technology.”

Sony Mobile said it’s engaging in business creation initiatives focused on the Internet of Things (IoT) sector. The joint venture is part of the company’s push into IoT by developing and managing total package cloud solutions.

Shimada said the joint venture will first establish a foundation in Japan and has no plans at present for operations in the U.S..


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