Automated Driving Activities in Japan
Industry, government, and academia are collaborating on various projects to develop automated driving technologies in Japan. Major automobile manufacturers are actively developing automated driving vehicles that incorporate these technologies. Driving demonstrations were conducted at CEATEC Japan in October 2013, and at the ITS World Congress, also in 2013. Some automobile manufacturers have even announced that vehicles equipped with automated driving features will enter the market around the year 2020. In the light of these developments, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism established an Autopilot System Study Group, which organized the issues, studied the policies needed to implement automated driving, and prepared a roadmap between June 2012 and August 2013. On October 8, 2013, the study group, released an Interim Report. In 2014, the Japanese government announced the “Public-Private ITS Initiatives and Roadmap” and established a new Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP) that included an Automated Driving Systems project. Based on the schedule established in the roadmap, the government intends to rapidly develop and implement both the road and vehicle aspects of the project with collaboration between the public and private sectors.