> We wanted to help those who don't have transportation, we want people without access to public transportation to have easier access. So this was the idea behind our vision for the automatic taxi.
>> The company's aim is to get the automatic taxis on the streets of Tokyo by the start of the 2020 Olympics. The city's taxi industry is already stressed with unprecedented levels of tourists and an aging population. The average age of Tokyo's taxi drivers is almost 60 and there's a shortage of suitable drivers, according to Hinomaru.
Robot taxis could help solve that issue but it's not without its faults. The three-mile test drive was not completely automatic and still needed a driver in some parts of the route to control the wheel.