Self-driving vehicle tests won’t need permission to use public roads, say NPA guidelines | The Japan Times

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Japan will not impose time and place restrictions on autonomous driving tests on public roads, according to draft guidelines released by the National Police Agency last week.Those hoping to experiment using self-driving cars will be allowed to do so without obtaining permission to use public roads as long as they comply with rules such as having a driver and passenger in the car. In some U.S. states, autonomous driving tests require permission.The NPA will finalize the guidelines after seeking public feedback until May 7.The government regards autonomous driving as a key item in its growth strategy, aiming to put self-driving cars into practical use before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.As the industry is expanding, the NPA has received many inquiries about what permission is needed for self-driving car tests.

Source: Self-driving vehicle tests won’t need permission to use public roads, say NPA guidelines | The Japan Times

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