Last week NAVYA’s AUTONOM SHUTTLES were demonstrated in Minato Ward, the business and diplomatic district of Tokyo. This demonstration is a major step as it is the for the very 1st time, Japan gave its approval to automated vehicles to operate on open road.
The automated vehicle demonstrated had neither a steering wheel or pedals but for legal reasons a safety driver remained inside the vehicle but its mission was limited to monitoring the experimentation and intervene in case of emergency.
The demonstration took place in collaboration with SB Drive, a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp., and support of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
With this, Japan joined the long list of the 19 countries which gave approvals to operate automated vehicles on open road. Among them FTSA (Finland), LTA (Singapore), MDDI (Luxembourg), MFK (Liechtenstein), MTES (France), NTC (Australia), OFROU (Switzerland), RDW (the Netherlands), SAAQ (Canada), SPF M&T (Belgium), STA (Sweden), TÜV Austria (Austria), TÜV Hessen & Rheinland (Germany).
It is also an opportunity for the French company NAVYA and its partners to enter this strategic and innovative market. NAVYA develops, manufactures and commercializes autonomous, driverless, and electric vehicles that combine robotic, digital and driving technologies at the highest level. Since 2015, NAVYA has been the first to market and put into service autonomous mobility solutions.
Source: Press Release