Integrated Report 2021(For the year ended December 31, 2020)

Smart agriculture brings robotics and ICT to the agriculture field and is gaining a great deal of attention in Japan as a potential solution to various issues faced by the country’s agriculture indus-try, including its shrinking and aging workforce. March 2021 saw the addition of the YMR-08AP into Yamaha Motor’s industrial-use multirotor drone lineup. This new offering contributes to efficiency and laborsavings in agricultural work through automated flight. Featuring automatic crop-dusting governed by the autopilot, dedicated software for easy route planning, and more, the YMR-08AP contributes to efficiency and laborsavings while delivering high-quality spray distribution on par with our industrial-use unmanned helicopters.ARTLaunch of Automatic Flight-Capable Electric DroneLabor shortages in agriculture have become a concern for devel-oped countries around the world and there is an urgent need for automation and laborsavings in the sector. The Company is pro-viding solutions for the agriculture industry through its robotics expertise. By pairing an articulated robot arm adept at sophisti-cated, delicate movements via an intricate control program together with an agricultural unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), our aim is to achieve fully unmanned fruit harvesting, which is still done by hand today. In fiscal 2020, we conducted a field test of this prototype at a winery in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan.ARTAgricultural Laborsaving Proof-of-Concept ProjectDemand for collaborative robots—robots that work alongside humans—is rising both in developed and emerging countries amid wider labor shortages, rising personnel expenses, and the need for sophisticated automation in new fields such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and connected, autonomous, shared, and electric (CASE) systems and vehicles. Yamaha Motor has partnered with Tokyo Robotics Inc., a specialist in the collaborative robot field, aiming to supply clients with total collaborative robot solutions and thereby grow the scale of its industrial robot business as well as broaden the sectors in which it is involved.ARTJoint Development of Collaborative Robots25Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. Integrated Report 2021

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