Yamaha Motor Integrated Report 2020

Transportation, education, and industryInnovationContributing to labor savings and automation in agriculture through the application of roboticsLabor shortages in agriculture have become a concern for developed countries across the board, and there is an urgent need for automation and labor savings in the sector. Yamaha Motor is providing solutions for the agriculture industry through its robotics expertise. By combining articulated robots that are adept at sophisticated and delicate movements via intricate electronic control with unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) for agriculture, we are aiming to realize fully unmanned harvesting of fruit—currently done by hand—and in 2019, we conducted field testing for grape harvesting at a winery in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan.Tackling local transportation issues with low-speed mobilityJapan has the world’s most aged society and is facing a variety of societal issues, including ensuring modes of transportation for the elderly and regional disparities between urban and rural areas. Countries around the world whose societies are also aging are paying close attention to devel-opments in Japan. By offering small, low-speed forms of mobility like compact electric carts as first/last-mile mobility solutions, the Company looks to contribute to community-building with slow mobility and create uniquely Yamaha value in mobility to not only address important societal issues such as transportation, health, and industrial promotion but also bring fun values to mobility. In 2019, we took part in the Green Slow Mobility field testing project together with the city of Unnan in Shimane Prefecture, Takenaka Corporation, and the NPO Entrepreneurial Training for Innovative Communities (ETIC), in which compact, low-speed EVs based on our long-proven golf cars circulated major city facilities in downtown Unnan.The Company is proactively advancing a range of initiatives to contribute toward the resolution of designated important societal issues by providing uniquely Yamaha solutions that leverage the technologies and expertise garnered by the Company to date, all while collaborating with its partners and coordinating with industry, academia, and government.Specific Initiatives toward Resolving Societal IssuesToward Sustainable Growth28Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. Integrated Report 2020

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