According to The Asahi Shimbun, Honda Motor Co. plans to begin a driverless taxi service in central Tokyo in 2026 under a joint venture with General Motors of the United States.
Initially, several dozen self-driving taxis will be introduced, rising to 500 in phases, according to Honda’s announcement recently.
It will mark the first commercial unmanned cab system in Japan by a leading automaker.
The envisioned autonomous vehicle will be able to accommodate up to six passengers as no driver’s seat is needed.
The cab is expected to operate under a Level 4 self-driving category, which requires all processes to be automated in specific areas or under specific circumstances.
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