Auto pilot cuts out the human factor

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tries out a self-driving vehicle.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tries out a self-driving vehicle.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has taken a ride in several self-driving vehicles on Tokyo's public roads, showcasing the technology ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show.

Abe tried auto-piloting vehicles from Toyota, Honda and Nissan on the roads around Japan's National Diet Building, as international carmakers compete with the likes of Google and other technology firms to develop new types of cars with the goal of helping reduce accidents by eradicating human error.

"I felt with my body that the Japanese technology is the world's best," Abe told reporters after riding the vehicles.

Carmakers have previously tested self-driving vehicles on highways that offer better driving conditions and with no pedestrians.

The Tokyo Motor Show this month will feature self-driving technology, as well as electric vehicles and other models.

Abe has pledged to help advance auto-piloting technology as part of his economic policy, as well as measures that encourage various technological innovations and investments and that attract foreign talents to work in Japan.

-AAP

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