Terra Drone Corporation, a Japanese company, in collaboration with Mitsubishi Estate, recently conducted a pilot test successfully in Marunouchi area of Tokyo to showcase how drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be used in urban environment to aid logistics, security and surveillance, and disaster prevention.
The drone used an Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) system and flew at an altitude of 2.5 meters, navigating seamlessly between the high-rises of Marunouchi.
The Terra Drone UAV captured aerial footage that was later monitored by analysts in order to detect issues like logistical bottlenecks and security threats.
The test flight using UTM for drones was organised as part of the ‘Marunouchi UrbanTech Voyager’ initiative by Mitsubishi Estate, which aims to transform the Marunouchi district into a business and innovation hub by utilising urban-development-friendly artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and robotics.
This demonstration showcased that a robust UTM system can make it possible to not only avoid collisions but also to realise the efficiency of logistics and security operations in everyday towns.