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Japan's driverless cars to keep rural elderly on the move

Japan to turn highway rest stops into hubs from which to ferry elderly to medical & banking services

Naomi Tajitsu | Reuters  |  Nishikata (Japan) 

As the annual rice harvest begins this month in the Japanese town of Nishikata, the combines that usually putter along the sleepy roads lining its rice fields are giving way to a vehicle residents have never before seen, a driverless shuttle bus. Japan is starting to experiment with self-driving buses in rural communities such as Nishikata, 115 km north of the capital, Tokyo, where elderly residents struggle with fewer bus and taxi services as the population ages and shrinks. The swift advance of autonomous driving technology is prompting cities such as Paris and Singapore to ...

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First Published: Tue, September 12 2017. 22:41 IST