Honda to launch self-driving taxis in Japan by 2026

Honda Motor is collaborating with taxi companies to deploy self-driving taxis in Japan.

According to a report by Nikkei Asia, the automaker will provide technology and vehicles to current operators and plans to deploy autonomous taxis on Tokyo highways in 2026. Currently, Honda is working with Kokusai Motorcars and Teito Motor Transportation to pressure the government to alter regulations.

Unlike its counterparts in the U.S. and China, Honda’s approach to autonomous vehicles is distinct. Rather than taking on the full responsibility of vehicle operation, Honda is partnering with existing taxi operators. This unique strategy allows the operators to continue their services while Honda focuses on providing a comprehensive range of services, from ride-hailing applications to advanced security features like remote monitoring.

The project’s initial phase involves deploying around 500 driverless cars to assess feasibility. Teito and Kokusai will handle vehicle maintenance and dispatch centers and hope for increased profits and reduced driver shortages.

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