A Glimpse at Autonomous Taxis in Asia

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2Q 2016 | IN-4071


Robot Taxi Plans to Launch Autonomous Taxis in Japan by 2020


Robot Taxi, a start-up company in Japan, has started testing its technology solution supporting driverless taxis on public roads, specifically, in Fujisawa, Japan, on March 29, 2016. During the road test, local residents are able to book a driverless taxi online or via a mobile app using their smartphone, summon it to their location, and have it drive them to a supermarket and back home. The road test uses Toyota’s Estima minivans equipped with Robot Taxi’s "Robovision" technology consisting of sensors, Lidar technology, 3D high-definition maps, and a data processing system. Robot Taxi aims to make driverless taxis commercially available by 2020 and to provide road transportation services during the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The company’s business model is to forge strategic partnerships with automotive companies and integrate their ADAS solutions supporting autonomous taxi  capabilities. Robot Taxi Inc., founded on May 28, 2015, is a joint venture between DeNA Co. and ZMP Inc.

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