The world’s first Autonomous Driving taxi service trial by ZMP and HINOMARU Kotsu

Booking and riding by taxi allocation application
Date: August 27 - September 8 / Driving route: Otemachi – Roppongi

Autonomous Driving taxi

ZMP Inc. (hereinafter referred to ZMP, which is located in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo and CEO, Hisashi Taniguchi) and HINOMARU Kotsu Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to HINOMARU Kotsu, which is located in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo and President & CEO, Kazutaka Tomita) begin service trials of passenger-carrying Autonomous Driving taxi today.

The Autonomous Driving vehicle used is RoboCarⓇ MiniVan developed by ZMP and operated by HINOMARU Kotsu. The route distance is approximately 5.3 km between Otemachi Financial City Grand Cube in Chiyoda-ku and Roppongi Hills in Minato-ku. Autonomous Driving vehicles are viewed as a way to address the shortage of drivers in Japan. In cooperation with Government of Japan, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government established "Tokyo Autonomous Driving One-Stop Center" and supported our Autonomous Driving Taxi service trial. Our trial project was also selected in Tokyo Metropolitan Government business support project called "Business Model Construction Project Utilizing Autonomous Driving Technology", in order to further accelerate the practical use of Autonomous Driving Technology.

Smartphone application screen

Since June 2017, ZMP and HINOMARU Kotsu have worked the cooperative development together for the practical use of Autonomous Driving taxi service in 2020. We could improve Autonomous Driving algorithm through driving data collection of expert taxi-drivers and their driving know-how. HINOMARU Kotsu drivers masters to operate Autonomous Driving vehicle by lecture and test course to support safety driving. We, ZMP also developed the allocation system of autonomous driving taxi. ZMP have developed a monitoring system that is installed at a remote place, to support to realize a smooth operation of the taxi service. Passengers who booked a taxi in advance can unlock the door. Taxi allocation have to be made online and make payments through a smartphone app.

We will keep on verifying our technology and services to realize the practical use of Autonomous Driving taxi based on this service trials.
Date and time: August 27, Monday – September 8, Saturday 9:00 – 17:00 (planned)
※Excluding September 2, Sunday.​ ​
Running route: Between Otemachi Financial City Grand Cube and Roppongi Hills (approx. 5.3 km)
※ Otemachi Financial City Grand Cube (Address: 1-9-2 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
※ Roppongi Hills (Address: 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Operating vehicle: ZMP's "RoboCar® MiniVan" equipped with ZMP's original integrated AD system "IZAC®"
Number of services: Eight services per day
Fare: One-way 1,500 JPN (tax included)
Organizer: HINOMARU Kotsu Co., Ltd., ZMP Inc.
Support / Cooperation: MITSUBISHI ESTATE Co., Ltd.
Cooperation: Mori Building Co., Ltd.

Scheduled driving area

[Contact details for inquiries]
ZMP Inc. person in charge: Nishimura (Tel. 03-5802-6901)
HINOMARU Kotsu Co., Ltd. person in charge: Nishikawa (Tel. 03-3815-4992)

【ZMP Inc. 】
CEO: Eko Hisashi Taniguchi. Driven by its mission “Robot of Everything: to create and empower new lifestyles by enabling free movement of people and goods”, ZMP focuses mainly on: (1) ADAS (Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems), Autonomous Driving Development Platform “RoboCar®” series, and Sensor systems (2) Highly specialized engineering services applied to autonomous driving solutions and “RoboTest” on-road testing service, for automotive, commercial vehicles, construction machinery, agricultural machinery, logistics equipment, outdoor machinery, etc. (3) Development and sales of the logistic support robot “CarriRo®”. ZMP is pioneering self-driving car services with Auto Taxi®, which aims at being fully operational by 2020, and is conducting various technology and service trials on public roads. ZMP is also aiming at being the first Japanese company to provide a sidewalk delivery robot, “CarriRo® Deli”, and is actively looking for partners to realize mass production. ZMP will continue to push the limits of possible, by developing products and services that move people, in every sense of the term.

【HINOMARU Kotsu Co., Ltd.】

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