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Japan automakers to fit cars with level 2 self-driving tech by 2022

Toyota will begin standardizing hands-free operation on its flagship Crown

Toyota has already introduced hands-free driving functions in the latest model Mirai, a fuel cell vehicle, and other models. (Photo by Koji Uema)

TOKYO -- Major Japanese automobile manufacturers, including Toyota Motor and Mazda Motor, will equip their main models with automated driving technology by around 2022, Nikkei has learned.

With Japanese carmakers trailing U.S. and Chinese rivals, they see a need to quicken the pace of installing self-drive capability in their products.

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