Driveless taxi, soon in Japan

Japan’s cabinet office, Kanagawa prefecture and Robot Taxi Inc. on Thursday said they will start experimenting with unmanned taxi service beginning in 2016. The service will be offered for approximately 50 people in Kanagawa prefecture, just south of Tokyo, with the auto-driving car carrying them from their homes to local grocery stores.

According to the project organizers, the cabs will drive a distance of about three kilometers (two miles), and part of the course will be on major avenues in the city. Crew members will be aboard the car during the experiment in case there is a need to avoid accidents.

Source: RoboCab: Driverless Taxi Experiment to Start in Japan – Japan Real Time – WSJ

Google self-driving cars deemed ready

I’m all for this:

Google’s Self-Driving Cars Complete 300K Miles Without Accident, Deemed Ready For Commuting

Google’s self-driving car project is probably one of the most audacious experiments the company has embarked upon. Today, Google announced another milestone for this project: its fleet of about a dozen autonomous cars has now driven 300,000 miles without a single accident under computer control. While this is obviously very positive news for the project, Google warns that “there’s still a long road ahead.” The cars still need to learn how to handle snow-covered roads, for example, and how to interpret temporary construction signs and other situations that could throw its systems for a loop.

Google also announced that it has added the Lexus RX450h hybrid car to its self-driving car family.

Source: Techcrunch

People can be affected by the emotions when they drive, with driver-less technologies this can be circumvented. I’m waiting for this, it puts back the auto in an automobile. I can’t wait for this to be in Singapore one day. We could very well have our first accident-free day.

[And meanwhile, I am hearing some rumors about Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.]