Japan will introduce driverless taxis in 2016 upon successful trials.
With self-driving cars soon to hit the market, we are already coming up with new ways that particular technology will revolutionize road travel. With Google’s self-driving car cruising around the globe safely for years now, we have grown quite comfortable with the idea of robots taking control of our steering wheels. Reportedly, an entire fleet of driverless taxis is set to hit the roads in Japan in 2016. The Wall Street Journal reported that a partnership between Japan’s federal government and Robot Taxi will allow a trial run in Kanagawa prefecture, south of Tokyo. The trail will involve at least 50 people. The driverless taxis will make trips ranging between 1 and 3 kilometers primarily on the city’s main roads. Of course, it’s a trial so human hands will be onboard to take over in case of an emergency.
Robot Taxi aims to commercialize driverless taxis by year 2020. Google plans on bringing their driverless cars for sale in the same year too, for anyone to purchase. Personally, I would prefer driverless taxis on the roads compared to personal robotic cars. What’s the point of owning a car and not being able to drive it? As far as driverless taxis in Japan are concerned, a minister from the government, a Mr. Shinjiro Koizumi said,
There are a lot of people who say it’s impossible, but I think this will happen faster than people expect.
He may be correct on this one. If the trial goes well, Japan plans on introducing driverless taxis just next year.
Driverless taxis and self-driving cars in general are especially useful in countries where the population is elderly. Japan is one such example. If the technology is introduced successfully, the elderly will be the first ones to benefit from it. At any rate, autonomous technology is becoming quite popular. Even Apple is looking to manufacture self-driving cars (but that’s probably because Google has a self-driving car), though nothing is official yet. All eyes on Japan and their driverless taxis for now. Pakistan sure could use something like that, at least in the modern cities.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.