SoftBank unit to begin Japan's 1st public road autonomous bus service

A SoftBank Corp. subsidiary said Wednesday it will launch Japan’s first autonomous bus services on public roads in a town in Ibaraki Prefecture that has a rapidly aging population.Boldly Inc., an autonomous vehicle operator, will launch the service on Thursday. A 9-passenger bus, driving at around 20 kilometers per hour, will make the five-kilometer round-trip journey around central Sakai.Some support crew members, including one in the driver’s seat, will be aboard, as Japanese traffic laws prohibit unmanned vehicles from operating on public roads.”We would like to expand our services across t…

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