Look Ma, no bus driver
LONDON: Japanese technology firm DeNA has showcased its first self-driving bus in Tokyo, unveiling a vehicle that runs on electricity and can carry 12 passengers.
The EZ10 Robot Shuttle, developed with French company Easy Mile, which will first be used at a shopping facility in Japan’s Chiba prefecture next month, has a maximum speed of 40km/h.
Last month, bus company PostBus unveiled a self-driving electric shuttle in the Swiss city of Sion.
Automated driving technology is in the spotlight with the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigating the death of a Tesla Model S driver using autopilot technology in May.
“We take safety seriously,” Hiroshi Nakajima, general manager of DeNA’s automotive business, said. “Because we worry there may be a serious accident, we take double or triple safety checks and begin from there.” – Reuters