Mobility and transportation are facing various social challenges, including urban traffic congestion, accidents involving elderly drivers, difficulties for those who have returned their driver's licenses, reductions in public transportation services, and a shortage of drivers. To address these challenges, new mobility services such as MaaS (Mobility as a Service) and autonomous driving have been attracting attention.
At the Research Institute of Advanced Technology, we are conducting research and development activities for a variety of autonomous driving technologies with the goal of promoting the implementation of next-generation autonomous driving services across society. These technologies include operation platforms, HD maps (high-definition maps), and network technologies for autonomous driving vehicles that utilize 5G networks.
Additionally, we are collaborating with partner companies, such as MONET Technologies and May Mobility Inc., a US-based autonomous driving startup, to conduct joint proof of concept (PoC) tests. Through these partnerships, we aim to accelerate the implementation of autonomous driving services in Japan.
The implementation of operation platforms and the deployment of high-speed, low-latency 5G networks optimized for mobility will create a new infrastructure that enables easier and safer adoption of autonomous driving services into society. This new infrastructure not only helps alleviate urban traffic congestion and prevent accidents, but also addresses the social challenges arising from depopulation and aging in rural areas. Our goal is to create a more accessible and equitable society, where the benefits of autonomous driving are available to everyone.