Robot taxis will hit Japanese roads in 2016

Self-driving cars are everyone’s dreams. Well, maybe not everyone. But we are all fascinated by the concept. While everyone else is still running limited tests here and there, the Japanese – who have always been ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to mobile technology – have decided to literally let the rubber meet the road next year.

In 2016, a robot taxi service will hit the road in Japan.

Robot Taxi

Here are a few details of the unmanned taxi service:

The service will be offered for approximately 50 people in Kanagawa prefecture, just south of Tokyo, with the auto-driving car carrying them from their homes to local grocery stores.

According to the project organizers, the cabs will drive a distance of about three kilometers (two miles), and part of the course will be on major avenues in the city. Crew members will be aboard the car during the experiment in case there is a need to avoid accidents.

This sounds all exciting and we will keep our eyes on this experiment. But one thing is sure: when the Japanese start playing, things happen. Commercial self-driving cars will happen a lot faster.


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13 thoughts on “Robot taxis will hit Japanese roads in 2016

  • October 2, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    I’m just imagining how long it will take for us to catch up (here in Africa) Technology is rapidly evolving and is not waiting for any idle generation.

  • October 2, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    I watched the downside of this on an episode of Extant – for now I’ll stick with a human driver.

    • October 2, 2015 at 9:17 pm

      You read my mind.

      The new terrorists wont be blowing things up n all…just hack a very valuable technology like this and start making demands.

      For now…and prolly next decade, im also stuck with the driver that can be reasoned with.

  • October 2, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Same thing here. Just imagine a BRT bus driven by robot, i won’t even dare it

  • October 2, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Can we like believe in machines for once.. Well until sky net n judgement day edge of cliff scenario

  • October 2, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Scary if you ask me,just imagine what a demented hacker can be capable of..

    • October 3, 2015 at 6:25 am

      They should/would have their own in house software guys tho. Jes b a tug of war scene

  • October 2, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    the Japanese have always been ahead of the field in robotics & AI, not surprised by this latest move. as per security threats to a self driving car, any connected car is vulnerable to hacking, doesn’t need to be a self driving car

    • October 3, 2015 at 11:04 am

      LOL, this reminds me of a scene in Transformers 1 when Sam had just met Optimus Prime. He said… He must be Japanese.

      Well, while any car connected can be hacked, I want to believe a fully robotic driver would be more dangerous. Just imagine ”I,Robot”. I hope y’all have seen the movie 🙂 everything seemed fine till the chaos started.

    • October 4, 2015 at 9:56 am

      Even Professor Stephen Hawkings is worried we are relying too much on robots, as if they’re not prone to error.

  • October 3, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Guess the future will have to start somewhere,like any new technology it will get its teething problems but the wheel of progress will keep on churning..

    • October 3, 2015 at 10:32 am

      How right u are.? #deep

    • October 3, 2015 at 11:45 am

      More of Armageddon starting somewhere than the future. May God save us from us

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