Japan hopes for self-driving cars

Japan's aging population needs transport facilities, which the country is trying to fulfill with automatic vehicles.

Japan hopes for self-driving cars
Japan hopes for self-driving cars

Japan's aging population needs transport facilities, which the country is trying to fulfill with automatic vehicles. Although a recent accident has underlined the challenges in this path. Apart from Japan, there are self-driving vehicles running on the roads of many other countries, but the Japanese government has taken a step to develop the technology rapidly. made an important priority. Last year Japan became the first country to allow vehicles with full control in certain situations to ply on public roads. The Honda car has been given "Level Three" autonomy, which means it can take certain decisions on its own. Yes, it is necessary for a driver to be ready to take over the control of the car in case of an emergency.

Challenges of the Older Population The government has also changed the law to encourage more advanced automatic vehicles. The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) has plans to conduct trials on automated taxis at 40 locations across the country by 2025. Behind this policy is the desire to solve a serious problem. Japan's population is the largest in the world and there is a constant labor shortage in the country. A recent METI report says, "The aging of drivers in the cargo and traffic sectors and the lack of human resources has become a serious problem". Accidents" also warned. Now that the demand is clear, local automakers are gearing up to develop the technology.

Toyota, the largest seller of vehicles, is building a smart city at the foot of Mount Fuji and plans to run its "e-pilot" automated buses on select roads there. These buses were run during the Tokyo 2020 Games in a village meant for players to live in, but the project was put on hold after an accident. Limitation of Automated Technique An automated bus had struck and lightly injured an eye-impaired Paralympic athlete. The bus's automated system was detected to be in front of the player and the bus had stopped, but a sleuth on the bus canceled the automated process and took control. Christopher Richter, head of Japan research at brokerage company CLSA and an automotive expert, believes the accident shows how far the sector still has to go. They told, "When Nissan began trials on its "Easy Ride" automatic taxis in 2018, the company said it expected these taxis to be commercially available by the early 2020s. But Kazuhiro Doi, the company's global vice president of research, is now more careful. He explained that there is "not much social acceptance of automatic vehicles. Very few people have experience in automatic driving. I think it is very difficult to accept without experience because it is so new.