Self - Driving Bus Offers Test Rides To General Passengers At Chiba Park

Self-driving bus offers test rides to general passengers at Chiba parkA trial run of a self-driving microbus began at a park here on Aug. 1, offering rides to general members of the public through next week.
The 12-seat bus developed by a French manufacturer can run at a speed of about 10 kilometers per hour, making a round trip along an approximately 250-meter course in about five minutes. The park where the test run is underway is adjacent to major shopping complex Aeon Mall Makuhari Shintoshin.

The 4-meter-long, 2-meter-wide bus can detect obstacles through its sensors and cameras and drives based on GPS information. The bus is not allowed to run along public roads.

During the test run until Aug. 11, adult passengers can take the bus for 200 yen and children of 2 years old through elementary school age for 100 yen.

The project is jointly organized by Aeon Co. and DeNA Co.