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Japan To Try Driverless Robotic Taxis (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Japan is going to try using unmanned robotic taxis in 2016 in the Kanagawa Prefecture (state), which rests south of Tokyo (video below).

The auto-driving taxis will carry about 50 people in the area for two miles from their homes to grocery stores, reports the Wall Street Journal.

However, it won't be completely robot cabs and passengers. There will be Robot Taxi crew members in the taxis during the travel experiment to avoid any possible accidents.

Robot Taxi is hoping to market these driverless cars by 2020, which would be helpful for locals and visitors in rural areas where buses and trains do not run.

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“There are a lot of people who say it’s impossible, but I think this will happen faster than people expect,” Shinjiro Koizumi, one of Japan's vice ministers, stated on Oct. 1 during a promotional event for the unmanned taxis.

Robot Taxi has released a promotional video (below) that shows one of the taxis driving through a village (in 2020) while people wave at the robotic member of the community, Gizmodo notes.

The cab stops and picks up an elderly couple while a song plays the lyrics, "Tell you why I love this place."

Sources: Wall Street Journal, Gizmodo / Photo Credit: Robot Taxi