Japan could launch self-driving cars in the next 10 years, according to a public initiative by the government, in cooperation with car producers.
Japan is the first country in the world that seriously considers producing robot cars for commercial use, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
An idea that is being considered is to create special lanes on Japan’s expressways for the self-driving cars.
The talks are aiming towards the goal of having self-driving cars on Japan’s roads in the early 2020s. The authorities are discussing with companies like Nissan, Honda, Mazda, Toyota and Fuji Heavy Industries and the partners may meet as often as two times a month.
One of the most complicated details to discuss is how will responsibility be assigned in case of accidents, since the cars will not have human drivers.
Analysts say that a model that could better work in the beginning, in order to test how the automatic cars can fit in the real world, is companies that would rent such vehicles to drivers.