Arriving at Haneda Airport in the Japanese capitalNext year they will be able to ride from the plane to the terminal on a special unmanned shuttle, and not on a regular shuttle bus. On the eve of the 2020 Olympics, unmanned "minibuses" are being tested in Tokyo. Six Japanese companies, including the national carrier ANA, launched a joint 10-day experiment last week using a prototype unmanned minibus, reports portal Techxplore.com.
Last Tuesday, journalists were allowedwatch the first autonomous trip of the unmanned minibus, which was held in “safe mode” - the driver was in the driver's seat, ready to take control at any moment. The first trip of unmanned public transport ended successfully. The driver did not intervene in the management of automation during the trip.
“We hope that by the Olympics in Tokyo 2020 we will be able to prepare and offer the services of unmanned buses,” commented ANA head Tadakatsu Yamaguchi.
Vehicle able to take on boarda maximum of 10 people and runs along the route between two terminals at speeds of up to 30 kilometers per hour, using the GPS system for navigation, as well as magnetic sensors installed along the entire route. The head of the project did not report on the cost of the project and the expected number of passengers carried during communication with journalists.
Japan hopes that the 2020 Olympic Gamesallow the country to demonstrate many technological advances. For example, not so long ago, we reported that the company NEC (one of the largest manufacturers of electronic, computer equipment, telecommunications equipment in the world) developed a facial recognition system that will be widely used during the Summer Olympic Games 2020, as well as the Paralympic Games in Tokyo . Earlier it was said about the desire to hold in Tokyo "Olympiad of robots". An opportunity to show their technological superiority can also be provided by unmanned vehicles, the importance of which can be very great against the background of a shortage of labor in a country caused by a shrinking and aging population.
“The population decline puts us underthe threat of inability to conduct operations, and that is why we are now striving to introduce new technologies of autonomous mobility that can guarantee us the ability to perform the same amount of work, but with the participation of fewer people, ”added Yamaguchi.
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