Sony is entering into the world of drones through a joint effort with ZMP Inc., a robotics startup. The two companies have agreed to collaborate on the development and launch of enterprise solutions that utilize autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles.
"We’re looking to explore new opportunities beyond our core consumer portfolio in enterprise markets," said Hiroki Totoki, head of Sony's smartphone division, according to The Wall Street Journal. "The key to driving growth in these areas will be adapting Sony’s innovation in various technologies."
As part of the agreement, the two companies will be starting a new business called Aerosense Inc., which is expected to launch early next month. Aerosense will incorporate Sony’s camera, sensing, telecommunications, network, and robotics technologies with ZMP's automated driving, and robotics technologies to provide drone solutions that meet measuring, surveying, observing and inspecting needs.
The goal is to roll out these solutions and services to the enterprise world in the beginning of 2016.
According to Sony, Aerosense will focus on the “development, manufacture, and sale of enterprise solutions using autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles for image capture combined with cloud-based data processing.”