Haneda trials autonomous bus

Written by: Alwyn Brice |
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All Nippon Airways is to conduct trials for an autonomous electric bus in collaboration with SoftBank, a subsidiary SB Drive, Advanced Smart Mobility and BYD at Haneda International airport.

The trial started on January 22 and will last until January 31. The development of this autonomous electric bus is the most recent example of ANA harnessing the latest technology to improve passenger convenience and comfort.

“ANA is committed to actively embracing the most innovative technology to improve all aspects of the passenger travel experience,” confirmed Shinzo Shimizu, Senior Executive Vice President of ANA. “Once fully implemented, the autonomous electric bus will allow us to provide a more convenient transit experience for our passengers while also improving efficiency for our airport staff. As sustainability has always been a priority for ANA, we will continue looking for opportunities to make our products and services more eco-friendly.”

ANA and SB Drive first began trials for a driverless bus in 2018, with SB Drive providing the advanced “Dispatcher” technology that oversees safety functions by monitoring for obstacles and potential hazards.

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