Fukuoka Smart East
Fukuoka City has played a key role as gateway to Japan for the rest of Asia for more than 2,000 years. Its close proximity to the continent gives Fukuoka a geographical advantage as a business location since it is very easy to make one-day trips to major cities such as Taipei, Shanghai and Seoul, etc.
Being endowed with an abundance of young talent, convenient access to its center via compactly connected urban functions such as its port and airport, reasonable business cost, and the lower price and property rent levels, Fukuoka has a number of competitive advantages over other Japanese cities.
Through its designation as a “National Strategic Special Zone for Global Startups and Job Creation” in 2014, Fukuoka has been hard at work to transform itself into the world’s most startup-friendly city. Fukuoka is a city with pioneering spirit, striving to find solutions for social issues by utilizing deregulation measures under the special zone scheme.
PoC (Proof of Concept) of a drone flying beyond visual range in an urban area.
As part of the Fukuoka Smart East initiative, Fukuoka City and the Fukuoka Directive Council held an event in which people in the community could see advanced technology.
Outline of the PoC:
The drone takes off automatically from the delivery robot that carries on its top and lands on the designated spot and releases the package. In the urban area, various radio waves fly around, but in that situation, we verified whether it was possible to take off and land safely.
Building the Future of Fukuoka
To succeed, the project needs contributions from local community members, field experts, and those who are passionate about cutting-edge technology that will solve social issues. If you have any ideas or suggestions for the Fukuoka Smart East initiative, please don’t hesitate to contact us at this address：SmartEAST.HUPB@city.fukuoka.lg.jp