This week's Question: Japan’s cabinet office and the Tokyo-based Robot Taxi Inc. said they will start experimenting with an unmanned taxi service beginning in 2016. The transportation will be offered for approximately 50 people in Southern Tokyo, with the autonomous car bringing users from their homes to local grocery stores. Robot Taxi aims to commercialize its driverless service by 2020, when Tokyo will host the Olympics. The main challenges facing the robotic taxis will be getting autonomous driving to work on local roads (and not just highways), acquiring precise maps, and receiving regulatory permission for the fleet.
What do you think? Will Robot Taxis Take the Streets by 2020?