DeNA Co., best known as a Japanese mobile video game maker, announces t will launch a driverless bus service at a park in Chiba Prefecture from August.
The Tokyo-based firm said it has partnered with EasyMile S.A., a French startup that manufactures self-driving buses.
There are not many firms that can provide “completely driverless vehicles that can be used for actual services,” said Hiroshi Nakajima, who heads DeNA’s automotive business, explaining why his company chose to partner with EasyMile.
DeNA’s new service will employ the company’s EZ10 bus, an electric vehicle that can accommodate 12 people.
The limited-time service, dubbed Robot Shuttle, will begin on a yet-to-be-determined date in August inside the 21,000 sq.-meter Toyosuna Park in Chiba’s Makuhari district, adjacent to the vast Aeon shopping complex.