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Global Digital Summit promises revolution in transport

Automation-minded execs talk tech that reshapes how people live, work, move

Making deliveries to remote islands is among the drone applications envisioned by Rakuten.

TOKYO -- Automated vehicles and aircraft are rapidly expanding transport options for both goods and people, adding to the ways technology is altering the fabric of daily life, sessions at this year's Global Digital Summit revealed.

Corporate executives from around the world gathered here Monday and Tuesday to discuss the so-called internet of things bringing everyday devices online as well as the innovation and growth promised by that framework. The annual forum was sponsored by Nikkei Inc. and Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

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