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Nippon Express readies first road test of highly autonomous trucks

Japanese logistics group turns to self-driving tech amid labor crunch

Nippon Express will develop level 4 automated trucks to ease the shortage of drivers. (Photo by Shiho Miyajima)

TOKYO -- Japanese logistics company Nippon Express will begin road tests of automated trucks with a Volvo subsidiary next month, a step toward addressing the industry's severe shortage of drivers.

Nippon Express and local Volvo unit UD Trucks will carry out the testing with the Hokuren Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives, headquartered in Hokkaido. The trials will start out in the northern Japanese island's town of Shari, along a stretch connecting a sugar plant of the co-op group to a processing line 1.3 km away.

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