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Japan is testing self-driving buses for the elderly in rural areas

10 kph

Japan is testing self-driving buses in remote towns that only go up to 10 kph (6 mph).

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c-bus-RTX3FTHC-Issei Kato
10 kph

Mobility is a problem for the elderly in isolated communities in Japan. As young people move to cities, they are left without professionals to drive buses and taxis.

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10 kph

Tests include checking how the buses react to debris and puddles on the road, and the effectiveness of the warning sound it gives to pedestrians.

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10 kph

If the tests go well, Japan plans to launch a self-driving bus service by 2020. The shuttles would link homes with stores, banks, and hospitals.

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