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Japan to create legal framework for level 4 self-driving cars

Authorities eye rural areas, plan to submit bill to Diet session next spring

A bus operates without a driver during a trial at Chubu Centrair International Airport in Aichi Prefecture, on Oct. 29.

TOKYO -- Japan's National Police Agency is set to create a permitting system for the use of level 4 self-driving cars for transportation services in rural areas, Nikkei has learned.

Level 4 self-driving vehicles operate completely autonomously in certain conditions. A bill amending the road traffic law will be submitted to the ordinary Diet session next spring. If approved, the road to practical use of level 4 self-driving cars will be open for the first time in Japan.

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