TRENDING Japanese company takes automatic taxi out for test drive ahead of 2020 Olympics

TRENDING

Japanese company takes automatic taxi out for test drive ahead of 2020 Olympics

VCG

11:15, November 13, 2018

This family in Japan is about to have the ride of their life. Except they won't be driving themselves and neither is their chauffeur.

They're travelling in a robot taxi.

ZMP INC's aim is to get the automatic taxis on the streets of Tokyo by the start of the 2020 olympics.

The city's taxi industry is already stressed with unprecedented levels of tourism and an aging population.

The average age of Tokyo's taxi drivers is almost 60 and there's a shortage of suitable drivers, according to Hinomaru.Robot taxis could solve that issue, but it's not without its faults.

The 3 mile test drive was not completely automatic and still needed a driver in some parts of the route to control the wheel. 

Japan tests its automatic taxi, which it hopes will ease preassure on the already stressed industry ahead of the 2020 Olympics.

Video source: VCG

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