Remote-Monitored Driverless Cars Tested on Japan Public Roads (News)

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Tokyo, Dec. 14 (Jiji Press)—Tests of driverless cars under a remotely monitored system were conducted on public roads in Tokyo and a town in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, on Thursday.

A driverless car is tested in Kōtō, Tokyo, on December 14, 2017. (© Jiji)

According to the Tokyo metropolitan government and others, the self-driving tests represented Level 4, or autonomous driving without the driver. They were the first tests conducted based on the National Police Agency's new guidelines on public road tests of autonomous vehicles, announced in June.

In the test in Tokyo, a driverless car traveled some 150 meters at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour on a road in the municipality of Kōtō. A person sat in the rear seat in case of emergency, and another monitored the vehicle from a distant location to remotely control it if needed.

In the test in the Aichi town of Kōta, a car drove on a road some 700 meters long near a community center at speeds of up to 15 kph.

Aichi Governor Ōmura Hideaki,, who rode in the test vehicle, said, "I experienced what we should expect in the near future, which is just around the corner."

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