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※Reference, Toyota Tsusho Corp.
In Jan 2019 and Feb 2019, we got the subcontract with Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, to perform the platoon trucks demonstration (drivers were also on follow-on trucks) in New Tomei Highway (Hamamatsu SA to Enshu Morimachi PA).
The system will be release to the public in 2022 at the earliest.
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In May 2019 to June 2019, we performed a demonstration in Taiki-cho, Hokkaido for 35 days. During this demonstration, we firstly tried to charge the passengers.
This demonstration is a part of Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program by Cabinet Office.
In Jan 2019, we collaborated with Aichi Steel Corp., SB Drive Corp., All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd., NIPPO, NEC Corp., 5 companies to perform a demonstration in the restricted area of Haneda airport.
This demonstration is Japan’s first trial to run in the restricted area of the airport playing the shuttle bus roll. Our company provided the autonomous driving techniques and exactly operated the demonstration.
On Oct 2018, for the subcontract with AIST, we started the demonstration named “The Evaluation of Life-mile autonomous driving” in remained area named “Hitachi BRT” of Hitachi Electric Railway, which is no longer in service.
On Sept 2018, with the corporation of Odakyu Electric Railway Co., Ltd., Enoshima Electric Railway Co., Ltd., Kanagawa Prefecture, SB Drive Corp, the demonstration on public road was performed. This is Japan’s first demonstration held in high population density area.
In May 2018, we performed the demonstration in Fukuoka airport (Hakata-ku Fukuoka City) as a part of “The 16th ITS Asia Pacific Forum (2018 Fukuoka)”.
The start ceremony of the project “Demonstration of Autonomous Driving Service in Road Stations” was held in the Nishitaka road station on Sept 2, 2017. We also presented the ceremony.
From Mar 2017 to Dec 2017, as a part of Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program by Cabinet Office (SIP), we performed autonomous driving demonstrations in Nanjo City (Mar ~ Api), Ishigaki City (June ~ July), Ginowan City and Kitanakagusuku (Oct ~ Dec). This is Japan’s first demonstration carried out in public road.
In the demonstration in Ishigaki City, we invited local citizens and tourists as test passengers, which is the first step of public road demonstration.
We have achieved 4000 km run and 4000 passengers since we start the demonstrations. This means that it will be closer and closer to the day we release the system to the public.
We will pay full effort to invite passengers to test the system and let the system come true as soon as possible.
It may be tomorrow that our bus will perform a demonstration in your area.