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Demand for automated driving technology
MANAGI ShunsukeFaculty Fellow, RIETI
Artificial intelligence (AI) has advanced exponentially in recent years. Many machines that consumers use daily now contain AI technology. It is also used in automotive industries to develop fully automated vehicles (FAVs), cars that people can use without having to drive.
In many countries, automated driving technology has already been tested or used in public transportation systems and on highways. In Japan, companies such as Toyota and Nissan have tested their automated driving technologies on freeways and local roads. The Japanese government plans to introduce FAVs on selected roads by 2020, and it is likely that drivers will begin to see FAVs on ordinary roads sooner than expected (Managi 2018).
Automated driving offers many benefits, including the reduction of both accidents and traffic congestion.
For example, 96% of traffic accidents on freeways in Japan are due to human errors (mishandling, carelessness, and misjudgements by drivers). It is expected that automated driving technology will eliminate these accidents. Furthermore, almost 40% of Japanese drivers are elderly, and their mishandling of vehicles frequently causes fatal accidents.
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