Tokyu verifies autonomous driving bus driving experiment, remote monitoring and maneuvering of multiple cars in Izu.
19:51 GMT, Wednesday, November 25, 2020
On November 24, 2020, Tokyu Corporation announced it will launch a driving test in Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture, for a remote-operated and controlled electric autonomous driving bus. At the same time, remote control will be carried out on autonomous vehicles operating in Shimoda City, Shizuoka Prefecture. Examine concerns such as difficulties when several vehicles operating in distant areas are supervised by one operator.
In a segment that goes back and forth on public roads around Izu-Kogen Station, which is under its umbrella, for about 1.4 kilometers, Tokyu operates an autonomous bus with a capacity of 8 passengers. The fare is free and you can name it “Izuko” from the station terminal or from the Tokyu MaaS (Mobility as a Service) mobile website.
From December 17th to 25th, the experiment duration is. Most of the parts will be driven automatically, but the operator will turn to the remote control and work at the remote control center for sections of around 400 meters in one direction. For correspondence, a generic 4G LTE line is used. We agree that remote human control makes it easier for people to cope with complicated road situations, such as individuals attempting to cross a pedestrian crossing or cars stuck on the shoulder.
“There is a serious shortage of bus drivers in the Izu area compared to Tokyo and Kanagawa. We will accumulate the know-how of various operations. “Compared to Tokyo and Kanagawa, there is an extreme shortage of bus drivers in the Izu area. We will accumulate the know-how of different operations.