Autonomous driving vehicle demonstration test in Chubu International Airport restricted area
-Japan's First Autonomous driving test with RoboCar® Mini EV Bus-
AIRO Inc. (hereinafter “AIRO”), a joint venture of Marubeni Corporation (hereinafter “Marubeni”) and ZMP Inc. (hereinafter “ZMP”) will carry out a demonstration test of Autonomous vehicle for three days from March 18 to 20.
In order to cope up with the labor shortage for ground handling work necessary when aircraft arrive and depart due to the increase in the number of flights arriving and departing from Japan as a result of the increase in Inbound Visitors and the decrease in working age population. Marubeni which has wide knowledge and know-how in the field of aviation and ZMP, a pioneer in the development of Autonomous driving technology is aiming for mass production. Marubeni and ZMP have teamed up to jointly establish AIRO, which has been preparing for this demonstration experiment as a practitioner of "Demonstration experiment on Autonomous driving within the airport restricted area" operated by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and this project has publicly called for as the first initiative in Japan.
In this demonstration test, it is planned to travel on a route that is assumed to transport passengers by bus, RoboCar® Mini EV Bus, an Autonomous vehicle that ZMP has developed. The RoboCar® Mini EV Bus is a vehicle based on the EV (electric car) bus that has been newly added to ZMP's Robocar lineup and this demonstration test will be the first in Japan.
Through this demonstration experiment, AIRO confirms issues and collects data for practical use of Autonomous vehicles in the airport restricted area and promotes efforts for commercialization and sales of Autonomous vehicles and ancillary services.
Autonomous driving vehicle scheduled to be used in this demonstration test
(ZMP RoboCar® Mini EV Bus)
・ January 24, 2019 Narita International Airport to uphold demonstration experiment of Autonomous driving vehicle in its restricted areas https://www.zmp.co.jp/news/pressrelease_20190124
・ December 7, 2018 Establishment of joint venture for the commercialization of Autonomous driving at airport https://www.zmp.co.jp/news/pressrelease_20181207
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