ANA begins autonomous electric bus trial at Haneda Airport


All Nippon Airways (ANA) is currently testing an autonomous electric bus at Haneda International Airport. The trial will last until Jan 31.

ANA selected a specific course for the trial, with the bus set to travel the same 1.9 km segment of restricted area in Haneda Airport multiple times throughout the testing period.

During the test, the bus will be evaluated based on its ability to perform the conditional automation with little human oversight.

If testing proceeds as projected, ANA plans to implement the autonomous electric buses at Haneda International Airport by the end of this year.

"ANA is committed to actively embracing the most innovative technology to improve all aspects of the passenger travel experience," said Shinzo Shimizu, Senior Executive Vice President of ANA. "Once fully implemented, the autonomous electric bus will allow us to provide a more convenient transit experience for our passengers while also improving efficiency for our airport staff. As sustainability has always been a priority for ANA, we will continue looking for opportunities to make our products and services more eco-friendly."

ANA and SB Drive first began trials for the driverless bus in 2018, with SB Drive providing the advanced 'Dispatcher' technology that oversees safety functions by monitoring for obstacles and potential hazards.

Other partners in the development of the autonomous electric bus include Advanced Smart Mobility and BYD.

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The autonomous bus still appears to need multiple rear-view mirrors and wind-screen wipers.

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Those features are needed by the Driver who's based in India.... Bus Drivers are being now outsourced there under the guise of being automated..... !!!

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