Watch: Robot Taxi Trials Coming to Japan

The self-driving taxis will carry passengers from their homes to local grocery stores with hopes of being commercially viable by 2020.

Hotels. Dogs. Employees. Delivery. What will Japan roboticize next?

Taxis, apparently.

Robot Taxi Inc. announced it will start experimenting with a self-driving taxi service beginning early in 2016, testing the concept on about 50 people in Kanagawa prefecture, which is just south of Tokyo. The self-driving taxis will carry passengers from their homes to local grocery stores.

Robot Taxi, which hopes to commercialize the service by 2020, says the self-driving taxis will drive partly on major city roads and will drive distances up to two miles.

Humans will be inside the self-driving taxis just in case.

[Source:] Wall Street Journal

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