Kyoto: Uber, Doshisha University, and more golf carts
Whenever visitors come to visit us in Japan, we find they are inevitably travelling to Kyoto for a few days as part of the trip. But beyond its myriad temples, illustrious history and tourist hordes, in recent years Kyoto has been quietly accelerating the number of automated driving tests across the prefecture. Already back in […]
Fukuoka looks to Future Mobility
The island of Kyushu is home to 14.5 million Japanese, and according to the Japan Center for Economic Research, is expected to experience a population drop of 3,000,000 by 2040. In order to improve future mobility in the region, a “Smart Mobility Promotion Consortium” has been setup around Kyushu University to promote experimentation with new […]
Kanagawa: automated gateway to the 2020 Olympics?
Designed and operated by British engineers and built by local Japanese workers, the first Japanese railway line connecting Tokyo’s Shinbashi Station to Yokohama in 1872 for me defines Kanagawa as a historic location for mechanized transportation and cutting-edge technology exchange. Back in the late 1990s, as part of a British Foreign Office-sponsored program, I applied […]
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