Quince is a remote control mobile robot packed with sensors. It is designed to enter areas that humans really shouldn't be going to, like buildings after earthquakes and crippled nuclear reactors.
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On 24 September 2011, Quince entered the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to help assess damage and radiation levels.
Quince, developed as part of Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) program, was developed by a team of researchers led by Prof. Satoshi Tadokoro from Tohoku University and Prof. Eiji Koyanagi from Chiba Institute of Technology, with support from the International Rescue System Institute. A tank-like ground robot, Quince is capable of driving over rubble and climbing stairs. It was deployed to assist emergency responders in the search for survivors of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011.