Look Ma, no bus driver

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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

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