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Streamlining Delivery Robots and AR Navigation through Spatial ID Data Sharing

Source: Softbank

Dynamic Map Platform, Softbank Corporation, and B-Bridge Corporation have successfully conducted a demonstration experiment at Tokyo Port City Takeshiba to explore the potential of data sharing between delivery robots and AR navigation systems using spatial IDs.

The investigation was conducted in February 2023 as part of the "Research and Study on Digital Twin Construction" commissioned by the Digital Agency.

The experiment aimed to improve the efficiency of map creation and location registration for delivery robots and AR navigation systems by sharing spatial information and map data between companies.

By linking spatial information such as robot delivery points and building interiors with spatial IDs, data could be shared between Softbank's autonomous robot and B-Bridge's AR navigation application.

In Softbank's case, this data sharing resulted in an 80% reduction in person-hours required to create maps for autonomous robots.

Spatial ID is a standard that uniquely identifies a location by dividing three-dimensional space into boxes, even when different spatial information standards are used.

It enables easy integration and high-speed data processing by associating static and dynamic information with spatial IDs.

The Digital Agency and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry are currently leading the standardization of this technology.

The need for autonomous robotic delivery has increased due to a growing number of vulnerable shoppers, an aging population, and labor shortages.

However, map creation and location registration for robots and AR navigation systems have been challenging due to different map standards and reference coordinates between operators.

The successful demonstration paves the way for further collaboration between companies in sharing spatial ID data to improve the efficiency of map creation and location registration for autonomous robots and AR navigation systems.