Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (YMC) will display its autonomous flight unmanned helicopter at the AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International) Conference 2003, an exposition which features unmanned vehicles from around the world, in Baltimore, Maryland in the United States from July 14 to 17. Yamaha will also introduce its concept for to integrating state-of-the-art information and communications technology (telematics) with Yamaha land, sea and air vehicles to produce unmanned observation and surveillance systems.
The AUVSI Conference is held annually in the United States and is attended by thousands of unmanned machine and vehicle industry representatives, researchers from U.S. government and official agencies, NASA personnel and academics.
At the event, representatives of some 100 unmanned vehicle makers from around the world will display various vehicles as well as related parts and accessories. In addition to the displays and technical sessions, there will also be various other activities including an unmanned flight demonstration in the town of Websterfield, located approximately 200 km south of Baltimore.
This will be the second time that Yamaha has displayed its unmanned helicopter in the event.
At this years AUVSI 2003, there will be an autonomous-flight demonstration of Yamahas unmanned helicopter for around 20 minutes on July 14. In addition, from July 15-17, this autonomous flight unmanned helicopter will be displayed at the Yamaha booth.
The autonomous flight unmanned helicopter used for this demonstration will be equipped with a range of surveillance camera systems including a RGB (visual) camera, IR (infrared) camera and a laser rangefinder. The ability to travel at faster than 70kph along a fully preprogrammed course while clearly observing a prescribed target makes this a helicopter with an excellent combination of search and flight capability.
Also on display at the booth will be unmanned observation and surveillance vehicle concepts using Yamaha land (4-wheel ATVs), sea (boats) and air (unmanned helicopters) vehicles equipped with navigation systems, camera systems and networking systems such as a wireless LAN integrated into information and communication technology (telematics).
The new concepts used to make these unmanned vehicles a reality are a result of a wide variety of machine and system technology combined with information and communication software that could only be developed by Yamaha. These achievements represent one concrete business innovation to remain an industry leader in a society which is becoming ever more an interconnected, ubiquitous network.