‘Robo-taxis’ are coming to a Japanese beach town

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Automatic driving “robot taxi” is coming to a town near you in Japan.
国家戦略特区で自動運転の実験小泉進次郎氏「できるとこからガンガンやる」—Yuri Kageyama on Twitter Oct. 2, 2015

 

 
japan-robot-taxiMONOist / 2015-Oct-2 (ç)
Automatic-driving technologies for “taxi robots” are coming to a town near you in Japan. The government has decided on national strategic zones for self-driving taxisThe first zone will in Kanagawa Prefecture just outside Yokohama in the city of Fujisawa. Plans are for passenger tests on about 3km of the main road of the beach district of the Shonan shoreline
in these tests “robot taxis” will drive autonomously but there will be a human driver that can manually override the robot’s system for safety.
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UPDATE
Here’s a new article in English with more/better details than goofy Google Translate.
Quartz (2015-Oct-2): Japan is experimenting with driverless, robot taxis

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6 thoughts on “‘Robo-taxis’ are coming to a Japanese beach town”

  1. …3km of the main road of the beach district of the Shonan…

    Oh great, that’s 1.86 miles of a robo-taxi to nowhere.

  2. Some of you folks are alright…
                       …so long space robots.

  3. I guess the [end] times are closer than we think!! I’m eagerly awaiting a ride in one.

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