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In this study, we aim to develop the flexible mobile mechanism for an inspection robot. In our previous study, we proposed and tested the flexible sliding mechanism using a novel flexible pneumatic cylinder. The mechanism can be driven even if the cylinder bends. In this paper, the improvement of the sliding mechanism so that it can travel into a narrower space will be described. The flexible bending mechanisms for changing the direction of the robot are also proposed and tested. As a result, the tested robot can also travel in the narrow space smoothly by sliding the claw unit with the slide stage as an inchworm.