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Japan's Mitsui to begin self-driving truck transport business

Trading house, Preferred Networks aim for level-4 technology by 2026

Advances in autonomous driving technology could help ease Japan's chronic labor shortage in the logistics industry. (Source photo by Reuters) 

TOKYO -- Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co. will launch a logistics business using self-driving trucks as early as 2026, Nikkei has learned.

The move comes as Japan amended a law in April, allowing level-4 autonomous vehicles to operate on public roads. A high level of autonomous driving technology is expected to be put to practical use, especially in the logistics industry, which suffers from a chronic labor shortage in Japan.

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