Police launch expert panel to discuss rules for autonomous vehicles

National May 22, 2018

Police launch expert panel to discuss rules for autonomous vehicles

Police on Tuesday launched an expert panel tasked with discussing driving rules for autonomous vehicles, including a potential revision to road traffic laws. Experts in law, social infrastructure and other areas will discuss specific issues to be resolved as firms move closer to commercializing self-driving ...

Iconic London double-decker bus finds new life as Nagasaki cafe

National Nov 28, 2017

Iconic London double-decker bus finds new life as Nagasaki cafe

A roadside cafe made from an authentic British double-decker bus recently opened in Nagasaki Prefecture, becoming an Instagram-friendly hit among users of the photo-sharing app. London Cafe, which opened in September in the town of Hasami, is housed in a bus that was built in ...

41 escape tour bus blaze in Aichi

National Sep 9, 2017

41 escape tour bus blaze in Aichi

A tour bus caught fire and burned up Saturday on the Shin-Tomei Expressway in Aichi Prefecture, but the driver and his 40 passengers escaped without injury. The bus left Nagoya for Tokyo at 7:45 a.m. but developed a fire near the engine about 45 minutes ...

National Mar 12, 2017

Docomo to offer AI smartphone system to support bus operations from 2019

NTT Docomo Inc. will begin offering by March 2019 an artificial intelligence-based smartphone system that promises more efficient bus services. Using a smartphone application, people will ask to be picked up, specifying their destinations and when and where they want to board. The mobile communication carrier ...

Bus drivers test safety skills in Tokyo competition

National Feb 13, 2017

Bus drivers test safety skills in Tokyo competition

The Tokyo police and a bus association held a competition for long-haul bus drivers in the capital to raise safety awareness after several recent fatal accidents, including a single-vehicle crash in Nagano Prefecture last year that left 15 people dead. The contest Sunday drew 24 ...