Japan to take a big leap in driverless cars before the upcoming Tokyo Olympics

Japan to take a big leap in driverless cars before the upcoming Tokyo Olympics

Japan has always been a prominent name in the automotive industry all around the globe. It is the home to some of the most renowned names in the automotive industry with Suzuki, Toyota, Honda, Subaru, Nissan and many other huge names to name a few.

With the Automotive crisis hitting the major names across the globe Japan is no exception to this crisis. In the wake of this crisis, Japan’s trade minister Hiroshige Seko and French finance minister Bruno Le Marie confirmed this Monday to support an alliance between Nissan and Renault. this move will also alter the already strained alliance between Nissan and Renault. in this alliance Japan and France will be aiming to make significant advances in certain aspects of automotive technology such as Automated Driving, Batteries, Electric vehicles, and more energy-efficient alternatives. This move further cements the nation’s plans to launch driverless and automated vehicles by 2025. Japan is set to launch its driverless initiative before the Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020, Tokyo will let dozens of driverless vehicles roam freely around the competition venues in the city’s waterfront area to promote the nascent technology for seven days in next July.

Seigo Kuzumaki, director for the Japanese government’s autonomous-vehicle program stated that  “As many as 100 self-driving cars will ferry up to 7,000 passengers in the week starting July 6.” The program includes the participation of carmakers such as Toyota, Nissan, and other start-ups. The driverless-vehicle trial in Japan is meant to promote the country’s strengths in the field. From next month through 2022, Japan will run a string of tests on public roads in Tokyo, involving cars from 28 companies and institutions.