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Yamato and Rakuten to test delivery robots on Japan's public roads

Panasonic and tech startup ZMP also on board with government project

The project is slated to finish by March 2020 and may result in changes to Japan's Road Traffic Act.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Yamato Transport and Rakuten are among a group of companies set to partner with the Japanese government to test unmanned delivery robots on public roads.

The government will set up a council of officials from the public and private sectors next week to identify potential issues, including liability in the event of accidents and how to maintain safety.

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