Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tried several self-driving cars on the public roads in Tokyo on Saturday, enjoying some of the vehicles ahead of Tokyo Motor Show that swill start in Japan’s capital on November 22.
Abe tested auto-piloting cars produced by three carmakers – Toyota, Honda, and Nissan – – on the roads around Japan’s National Diet Building, according to the international media.
“I felt with my body that the Japanese technology is the world’s best,” Abe said after riding the vehicles.
Auto-piloting vehicles were tested in premiere on ordinary roads in Japan. Previous tests have been made on Japan’s highways, where there are better driving conditions and no people around.
The Tokyo Motor Show, which is scheduled to last for 10 days, between November 22 and December 1, will feature the self-driving technologies, as well as electric vehicles and other models.
Shinzo Abe is trying to encourage the auto-piloting technology as a part of his economic policy that includes measures dedicated to encouraging various technological innovations, investments and attracting foreign talents to work in Japan.
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