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Japan Post Co. will conduct a trial of self-driving delivery vehicles on public roads in Tokyo next week with an eye to introducing a fleet by 2020 to cope with driver shortages.

Ahead of the trial, the company held a ceremony at its headquarters in Tokyo on Wednesday and demonstrated a self-driving vehicle on a nearby public road.

Japan Post President Kunio Yokoyama said at the ceremony that the company has a “social responsibility” to offer delivery services in a sustainable manner. “The introduction of self-driving vehicles is a pressing agenda,” he said.

In the trial, an autonomous vehicle will depart from the company’s headquarters in the central Tokyo district of Kasumigaseki and drive about 2 kilometers to a post office in the Ginza neighborhood, stopping at another post office en route. Read more

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Japan Post Co. will conduct a trial of self-driving delivery vehicles on public roads in Tokyo next week with an eye to introducing a fleet by 2020 to cope with driver shortages.

Ahead of the trial, the company held a ceremony at its headquarters in Tokyo on Wednesday and demonstrated a self-driving vehicle on a nearby public road.

Japan Post President Kunio Yokoyama said at the ceremony that the company has a “social responsibility” to offer delivery services in a sustainable manner. “The introduction of self-driving vehicles is a pressing agenda,” he said.

In the trial, an autonomous vehicle will depart from the company’s headquarters in the central Tokyo district of Kasumigaseki and drive about 2 kilometers to a post office in the Ginza neig

Japan Post Co. will conduct a trial of self-driving delivery vehicles on public roads in Tokyo next week with an eye to introducing a fleet by 2020 to cope with driver shortages.

Ahead of the trial, the company held a ceremony at its headquarters in Tokyo on Wednesday and demonstrated a self-driving vehicle on a nearby public road.