Driverless Taxis to Take Test Spins Around Japanese Town
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Driverless Taxis to Take Test Spins Around Japanese Town

Fujisawa residents will be ferried in driverless cars, which, if successful, could be used to transport visitors for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.


Japan-driverless-taxisThe Guardian reported that Japan will be experimenting with robot technology next year in the form of driverless taxis. The vehicles could be fully commercial by the time Tokyo hosts the Olympics in 2020.

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In March of 2016, the taxis will take about 50 residents of Fujisawa, a large coastal town near Tokyo, from their homes to supermarkets along the city’s main roads. The experimental drives will each be under 2 miles.

Robot Taxi, the company creating the vehicles, is a collaboration between ZMP, a developer of automated vehicle technology, and mobile internet firm DeNa.

If the Fujisawa trials are successful, The Guardian reported that the cars could be used to transport spectators around at the 2020 Games and in rural communities with little or no public transportation.

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