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Japanese companies, ministries come together to hasten development

Self-driving cars are under development by Toyota, Honda and Nissan.

TOKYO -- Toyota Motor, Honda Motor and other Japanese companies are moving to collaborate on developing the key components of self-driving cars amid international competition, drawing on support from academia as well as the government.

     Major automakers including Nissan Motor as well as parts suppliers such as Panasonic and Hitachi will start the discussion at a meeting to be convened this month by the industry and transport ministries.

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