Initial start of an Autonomous Driving demonstration test within the restricted area for the first time in Narita International Airport

Konoike Transportation Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Chuo Ward, Osaka City, Representative Director and President Tadahiko Konoike) and ZMP Inc. (Headquarters: Bunkyo Ward Tokyo, CEO: Hisashi Taniguchi)will conduct a demonstration experiment of an automotive vehicle for three days from December 17th to 19th, within the restricted area of Narita International Airport operated by Narita City, Chiba Prefecture, President Makoto Natsume).

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Bureau publicly invited for application from June 26 this year who can carry out demonstration test related to autonomous driving in restricted area of airport. Konoike Group and ZMP jointly applied and in collaboration with Narita International Airport Co., Ltd.​ ​​ ​

Specifically, we will move the operation staff of the KONOIKE group's Japan Airport Service Co., Ltd. (JASCO) in an automated driving test vehicle provided by ZMP, under an environment where the general road within the airport restricted area is different from circumstances and driving rules. We will verify automated driving technology implementation and extract tasks. Narita International Airport Co., Ltd. will provide a place for field trials and will conduct guidance and support especially in terms of safety.

The number of arrival times of aircraft at Narita Airport has also increased steadily due to the ever-increasing inbound demand. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Airlines and the three companies are planning to conduct autonomous traveling assuming the transport of passengers in the restricted area of the airport. In order to cope with the labor shortage of the ground support service of the airport which is becoming increasingly serious we are promoting vehicle demonstration experiments.

Based on the results of this experiment, we will promote efforts toward practical application and introduction.

The number of arrivals / departures of Narita airport aircraft (graph)

Source: Narita International Airport Co., Ltd. Aggregate

■ Outline of Konoike Transport Co., Ltd.

Konoike Group * First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange

Representative Director and President & CEO Tadahiko Konoike

Osaka head office
4-3-9 Fushimi-cho, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi
Tokyo Office
6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
May 1880 (Meiji 13)
Establishment Date
May 30, 1945 (Showa 20)
1,710 million yen (as of March 31, 2018)
Number of employees

Approximately 24,000 people (consolidated)

(As of March 31, 2018) * Including the number of temporary employees
Amount of sales
276,761 million yen (consolidated, fiscal year ending March 2006)
Operating income
11,067 million yen (consolidated, fiscal year ending March 2006)
Business contents

Production process service, General logistics service, International logistics service, Medical related service,
Environment related services, Engineering services, Eco energy services.

■ Outline of Narita International Airport Co., Ltd.

Narita International Airport Co., Ltd.
Representative Director and President Makoto Natsume
Chiba prefecture Narita-shi Narita International Airport (Narita-shi old link literally antique 1-1)
Establishment Date
2004 (Heisei 16) April 1
100 billion yen
Business contents
Establishment and management of Narita International Airport

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