A Glimpse at Autonomous Taxis in Asia
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.
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