Sony has partnered with robotics startup ZMP to found a joint venture called Aerosense, based in Tokyo, that is developing a new camera drone prototype useful for commercial reconnaissance and surveillance for enterprises.
The AS-DTO1-E ‘experimental machine’ is like a mini aeroplane that can be used to inspect remote locations. The drone is said to have the following capabilities:
- It can carry objects up to 22 pounds
- Vertical take-off and landing
- Stay up in the air for more than 2 hours at a stretch
- Reach maximum speeds up to 106 miles per hour
The other prototype, the AS-MCO1-P prototype quad-copter is a smaller and lighter camera drone that includes GPS and navigation capabilities. The drones combine Sony’s renowned imaging, sensing and networking technology with ZMP’s expertise in the field of robotics.
Talking about the drones, Hisashi Taniguchi, chief executive of Aerosense and ZMP said, “By making them automated, drones will be considerably safer because many of accidents today are caused by human error.”
Both drones are for commercial use and targeted specifically at enterprises interested in for “measuring, surveying, observing, and inspecting” difficult to access locations. They are expected to be ready for production sometime early next year.