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Self-Driving Bus Test Now Touring Tokyo Roads

| Technology , Cars
Self-Driving Bus Test Now Touring Tokyo Roads

SB, a Softbank subsidiary, is putting their new self-driving bus through its next big test: navigating the public roads of Tokyo.

This bus without a steering wheel is making its way around the metropolitan roads for the first time. SB Drive, a subsidiary of telecom conglomerate Softbank, developed the vehicle. As with other self-driving cars, sensors on the vehicle can detect and avoid obstacles along the route that operators set in advance. Self-driving technology could help reduce accidents caused by elderly drivers in Japan’s aging society. There's no word on if the buses will be patient enough to wait for prospective passengers running full speed to the bus stop.

SB Drive plans to start selling their autonomous bus by 2020.