ANA is working with companies such as SB Drive, Advanced Smart Mobility and BYD to test self-driving electric buses at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Japan,media reported. ANA and SB Drive first announced a joint plan to test self-driving electric buses in February 2018, which will be based on the latter’s Dispatcher remote monitoring system. The vehicle-mounted camera provides internal and external images, and the system also reports location and speed data for real-time monitoring and remote operation.
The two companies then conducted level 3 and 4 self-driving tests on public roads around the airport, and now Advanced Smart Mobility and BYD have joined them in testing self-driving buses on a 1.18-mile (1.9-kilometer) route near the restricted area at Haneda International Airport.
Although the driver will be in the car, the idea is to see how the vehicle can handle simulated real-world scenarios without much human intervention. If all goes well, ANA plans to put self-driving electric buses into service by the end of the year.
“Once fully implemented, self-driving electric buses will allow us to make it easier for our passengers to travel, while also improving the efficiency of our airport staff,” said Shinzo Shimizu of ANA. “