JAPAN: Bus network to go driverless

Japan’s public bus network is to convert to automated vehicles by 2020 in some areas, the Government has announced.

It said the services would mainly operate in depopulated districts where traditional train and bus services have been discontinued.

A draft policy released by the Government said the buses would be operated from control centres and would mostly transport residents for shopping or hospital visits.

The service is due to start by 2020, and the Government plans to increase the number of areas using automated buses to more than 100 by 2030.

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12 Jun 2018