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Driverless vehicles prepare for takeoff at Tokyo airport

SoftBank and ANA team up to roll out autonomous vehicles in the next few years

A self-driving bus operates autonomously on a Tokyo road.

TOKYO -- On a recent February day, a mini bus made by Hino Motors cautiously made its way along a public road near Tokyo's Haneda Airport at a speed of about 10kph. There were no passengers, and more surprisingly, no driver either.

The exercise was a trial run of a self-driving bus being carried out by the Japanese tech giant SoftBank Group and All Nippon Airways, with the eventual aim of commercializing driverless transport at airports from around 2020. 

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