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World's first autonomous taxi starts operating in Tokyo

Pilot project on public roads ahead of 2020 Olympics

Autonomous taxi test drive Tokyo
A pilot project involving the world's first autonomous taxi to operate on public roads will run until Sept. 8.

TOKYO -- The world's first autonomous taxi to run on public roads started operating in central Tokyo on Monday.

The vehicle, developed by Tokyo-based robot maker ZMP and operated by taxi company Hinomaru Kotsu, ferries passengers along a set 5.3km route starting near Tokyo Station and ending in the Roppongi entertainment district.

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