Self-driving taxis are hitting the roads in Japan very soon

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Robot Taxi is the Japanese company that aims to commercialize self-driving vehicles for everybody's use. While a number of firms in the US are also experimenting with this technology, they currently don't have a monetization model at the center of their strategy, or at least not one that goes beyond the sale of these units to individuals. On the other hand, Robot Taxi wants to provide a service with its automated vehicles that will help people move around without the need to own one.

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Self-driving taxis are hitting the roads in Japan very soon
SASEBO, JAPAN - JULY 15: A robotic dinosaur replaces human staff at the check in counter at the Henna Hotel (Weird Hotel) in Huis Ten Bosch, Netherlands themed amusement park on July 15, 2015 in Sasebo, Japan. The Henna Hotel, scheduled to open on July 17, features multi-lingual humanoid robots that greet visitors while other robots serve coffee and do the cleaning, as well as room doors that are opened by face-recognition technology. (Photo by Trevor Williams/WireImage)
SASEBO, JAPAN - JULY 15: A small robot in each room controls lighting and other features by voice command at the Henna Hotel (Weird Hotel) in Huis Ten Bosch, Netherlands themed amusement park on July 15, 2015 in Sasebo, Japan. The Henna Hotel, scheduled to open on July 17, features multi-lingual humanoid robots that greet visitors while other robots serve coffee and do the cleaning, as well as room doors that are opened by face-recognition technology. (Photo by Trevor Williams/WireImage)
SASEBO, JAPAN - JULY 15: A robotic concierge handles guests questions at the Henna Hotel (Weird Hotel) in Huis Ten Bosch, Netherlands themed amusement park on July 15, 2015 in Sasebo, Japan. The Henna Hotel, scheduled to open on July 17, features multi-lingual humanoid robots that greet visitors while other robots serve coffee and do the cleaning, as well as room doors that are opened by face-recognition technology. (Photo by Trevor Williams/WireImage)
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The company will start putting its self-driving taxis on the streets in 2016 for testing rounds in an attempt to be fully functional by 2020, when Japan will host the Olympic games. Additionally, the service aims to take care of the increasingly older population that characterizes the demographic trends of the nation, as well as to provide affordable transportation for those living in remote areas.

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