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Japan to have autonomous vehicles on the road in 2023

Written by Kfir Kedem – December 12, 2022

Reviewed by Asaf Kedem

An announcement was made by Japan’s National Policy Agency regarding the use of Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) on the road. The current ban on AV driving will be lifted and allow for SAE Level 4 AVs to drive in limited capacity. This ban will be lifted in April 2023.

Estonian company, Auve Tech, has recently partnered with the Japanese company BOLDLY. With this partnership, the Auve Tech autonomous vehicles (the MiCa model) will be operating in Japan.

Auto Trendy’s take:

A lot of steps are being made to legislation to make self-driving cars possible in the coming year. First we heard about the US allowing this for Ford and GM. Now Japan is following suit. The future of self-driving taxis is coming at a fast pace. How soon will we be able to step outside and call a driverless taxi to get us to our destination?

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