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Tokyo-Nagoya expressway will have self-driving lane next year

Long straight section will be set aside for driverless trucks at night

Shin-Tomei Expressway: Driverless cargo trucks will begin operation on major roads in Japan in 2024. 

TOKYO -- A section of one of Japan's busiest expressways connecting Tokyo and Nagoya will be set aside for self-driving trucks in fiscal 2024  as part of government plans to cope with a severe shortage of drivers in this rapidly aging nation.

The self-driving lane will run along a section of the Shin-Tomei Expressway, covering some 100 kilometers between Numazu and Hamamatsu -- two cities south of Mount Fuji -- sources told Nikkei.

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