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.
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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