Driverless taxi takes to Tokyo streets

NHK -- Nov 06
A driverless taxi took to the streets of Tokyo on Thursday, giving a possible glimpse of the future on a short demonstration trip.

Telecom giant KDDI and four other firms developed the self-driving cab which uses next-generation 5G technology to boost safety.

Tokyo's vice governor and other passengers rode 200 meters on public roads in the central district of Shinjuku.

The car uses 5G to send live images of its surroundings to a remote monitoring center.

One of the firms involved said that helps keep the vehicle safe even in heavy traffic.

The companies are revving up for more demonstrations around the country before a full launch further down the road.

- NHK