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Yamato to lavish funds on self-driving tech, president says

Package delivery giant envisions single-operator truck convoys as soon as 2020

Yamato's single-operator truck convoys may hit the road as soon as 2020.

TOKYO -- Hurt by severe personnel shortages in package delivery operations, Yamato Holdings will invest aggressively in autonomous driving and other automation technology to raise efficiency, President Masaki Yamauchi told The Nikkei.

Yamato will pour tens of billions of yen, or hundreds of millions of dollars, into productivity-boosting technologies to maintain or improve service quality, President Masaki Yamauchi indicated in a recent interview.

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