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Japan greenlights delivery robots for public road tests

Trials set to begin next fiscal year as safety guidelines planned

A delivery robot is tested as part of a smart-city program in southwestern Japan's Fukuoka.
A delivery robot is tested as part of a smart-city program in southwestern Japan's Fukuoka.

TOKYO -- Japan will let delivery robots be tested on public streets starting in fiscal 2019, Nikkei has learned.

The government will compile safety guidelines by March, paving the way for companies to put their latest devices through their paces.

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