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Micro-Robot taxi takes to the street in Japan

by Pieter Werner

PerceptIn today unveiled the micro-Robot taxi Mopi (Mobility service by PerceptIn)  at Mizukubo, Tenno ward, Hamamatsu city. This first public road operation is supported by Hamamatsu City and Macnica, based on the technology developed by PerceptIn.

The macniCAR-01 is an ultra-compact car with a license plate to run on the public road using PerceptIn’s Dragonfly module. In collaboration with Macnica, PerceptIn will provide self-driving vehicles to regional service operators such as transportation companies and local governments. Mopi is helping to shape a sustainable ecosystem, enabling driverless cars to interact with people living in the community. This approach will eventually lead to remote vehicle operation, reducing traffic jams, more efficient car-sharing, and improving energy management.


To conduct this demonstration on the public road in Japan, Sompo Japan Insurance has developed a new automated driving insurance, Level IV Discovery,  that covers a wide range of risks during automated driving pilot tests. Level IV Discovery is an Insurtech solution to ensure a systematic, safe, and secure pilot testing for local governments and transportation operators who are considering to introduce automated driving services.

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