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1st road test of driverless bus starts in Okinawa

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Cabinet Office on Tuesday launched Japan’s first demonstration test to run a large fixed-route driverless bus on public roads, aiming to put the service into practical use by 2020.

During the test in Okinawa Prefecture through March 7, the bus will carry passengers, travel as fast as the legal speed limit and go through other tests to check whether it can provide services on time in various situations.

The bus is mounted with cameras, sensors and satellite-based positioning system equipment. The Cabinet Office will see whether the vehicle can stop at bus stops, travel at 50 kph stably and control itself on slopes and curves and in windy places.

As the test takes place on public roads, a driver will always be on board.Speech

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