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Tokyo eyes self-driven delivery by 2030 in industrial AI plan

Autonomous vehicles offer path forward for struggling distribution companies

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An Australia Post drone delivers a package.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Autonomous trucks and drones should be handling deliveries in Japan by 2030, the government says, showing a path forward for an overburdened field as part of a timeline for a more fully automated society.

The target came to light Thursday in a chart tracking the government's goals for adopting artificial intelligence in industry. The chart is divided into three phases -- from now to roughly 2020, from then until around 2025 to 2030, and thereafter. It lays out a timeline for reshaping manufacturing, distribution and medical care and nursing around AI-driven technology.

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