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Autonomous electric bus rolls into Haneda International Airport

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All Nippon Airways is hoping to put the autonomous electric bus to work by the end of 2020, pending a successful trial outcome
All Nippon Airways is hoping to put the autonomous electric bus to work by the end of 2020, pending a successful trial outcome
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The autonomous electric bus will drive itself along a 1.18-mile segment at Haneda International Airport during the trial
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The autonomous electric bus will drive itself along a 1.18-mile segment at Haneda International Airport during the trial
All Nippon Airways is hoping to put the autonomous electric bus to work by the end of 2020, pending a successful trial outcome
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All Nippon Airways is hoping to put the autonomous electric bus to work by the end of 2020, pending a successful trial outcome

All Nippon Airways is collaborating with SB Drive, Advanced Smart Mobility and BYD to test an autonomous electric bus at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Japan.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) and SB Drive first announced a collaboration to test an autonomous electric bus back in February, 2018, which would be based around the latter's Dispatcher remote monitoring system. Cameras mounted to the vehicle offer internal and external images, with the system also reporting location and speed data so that real-time monitoring and remote operation is possible.

Level 3 and level 4 autonomous trials were subsequently conducted on public roads around the perimeter of the airport, and now the two companies have been joined by Advanced Smart Mobility and BYD to test the autonomous bus along a 1.18-mile (1.9-km) route around a restricted area at Haneda International Airport.

The autonomous electric bus will drive itself along a 1.18-mile segment at Haneda International Airport during the trial
The autonomous electric bus will drive itself along a 1.18-mile segment at Haneda International Airport during the trial

Though a driver will be aboard, the idea is to see how the vehicle handles simulated real-world scenarios without too much human involvement. If all goes well, ANA is planning to put the autonomous electric bus to work by the end of the year.

"Once fully implemented, the autonomous electric bus will allow us to provide a more convenient transit experience for our passengers while also improving efficiency for our airport staff," said ANA's Shinzo Shimizu.

The video below shows the bus driving itself around the airport.

Source: All Nippon Airways

1 comment
vincem
Give the poor drivers some arm rests. Or maybe they just want to punish him before they lay him off.