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Data sharing between delivery robots and AR navigation using spatial ID
(Digital Agency demonstration)

空間IDを活用した配送ロボットと ARナビゲーションのデータ共有 (デジタル庁実証)


As part of the "Research and Research on Digital Twin Construction"*1 commissioned by the Digital Agency, a demonstration experiment on data sharing between delivery robots and AR navigation using spatial ID was conducted in February 2023 at Tokyo Port City Takeshiba in Minato-ku Tokyo.


*1 Through a consortium led by Dynamic Map Platform Co., Ltd., we were commissioned by the Digital Agency to conduct research on digital twin construction. Please see the press release below for details.

*Japanese only


Demonstration project structure/demonstration location



A joint experiment was conducted by Dynamic Map Platform Co., Ltd., which provides high-precision 3D map data, Be Bridge Co., Ltd., which provides an xR platform, and Softbank. The experiment focused on the utilization of autonomous delivery robots for distribution and the verification of data sharing with applications (such as an AR navigation app) that employ different maps.

Robot used for demonstration



The experiment utilized an autonomous robot called "Cuboid" developed by the Chief Scientist Office.

Demonstration details/results



The spatial information data linked to the spatial ID created in the robot's autonomous driving experiment is shared with the AR navigation app provided by BeBridge through the building management infrastructure system. Verification was conducted by having people then moved within the building following the paths displayed in the app accordingly.

On the route displayed in AR on the smartphone, various information related to elevator positions and restricted access, which were assigned to the spatial IDs for the robot's map, were shown. This allowed for smooth utilization of the shared spatial information.

Future tasks



Over the past few years, many demonstration experiments have been conducted on foundational technologies, and we are currently in a transitional period where discussions are taking place regarding the necessary standards and rules needed to enable a wide variety of robots to function in different environments across multiple companies.  The establishment of such standards and rules can reduce the burden of unique development tasks faced by each vendor and address challenging issues, ultimately leading to cost reduction in introducing service robots and the realization of more human-friendly robots. As part of this effort, we aim to continue the verification of spatial IDs and actively promote standardization and utilization.

Press Release
SoftBank News
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