Michinoeki as automated driving hubs in Southern Japan
As automated driving slowly becomes a reality, the regions of Japan are looking into adapting their infrastructure to support the arrival of this new form of mobility. One area of interest has been the Michinoeki, or “roadside stations”. This network was started up in 1991 by the MInistry of Land and Transport out of a […]
Tokushima: self-driving tourism and supermarkets
Nestled in the southeastern corner of the island of Shikoku, Tokushima is well known for its summer festival Awa-odori dancing but may now become famous for staging the first automated drive tests in Shikoku. Back in February 2014, a local 48 yr old asked Tokushima government via their open opinions internet page whether they planned […]
Automated driving and microEV mobility in rural Saitama
Just to the northwest of Tokyo is the prefecture of Saitama, conveniently connected by multiple lines of public transport into Tokyo, and where a good portion of Tokyo’s working population calls home. Rural Saitama was where I was for two months during my very first trip to Japan in the summer of 1996, staying at […]
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