All Nippon Airways (ANA) is currently testing an
autonomous electric bus at
Haneda International Airport (HND).
The trial started on Wednesday and will last
until 31 January 2020.
ANA selected a specific course for the trial, with
the bus set to travel the same 1.9km (1.18 miles) segment of
restricted area in Haneda Airport multiple times throughout the
During the test, the bus will be evaluated based
on its ability to perform the conditional automation with little
If testing proceeds as projected, ANA plans to
implement the autonomous electric buses at Haneda International
Airport by the end of this year.
"ANA is committed to actively embracing the most
innovative technology to improve all aspects of the passenger
travel experience," said Shinzo Shimizu, Senior Executive Vice
President of ANA. "Once fully implemented, the autonomous electric
bus will allow us to provide a more convenient transit experience
for our passengers while also improving efficiency for our airport
staff. As sustainability has always been a priority for ANA, we
will continue looking for opportunities to make our products and
services more eco-friendly."
ANA and SB Drive first began trials for the
driverless bus in 2018, with SB Drive providing the advanced
'Dispatcher' technology that oversees safety functions by
monitoring for obstacles and potential hazards.
Other partners in
the development of the autonomous electric bus include Advanced
Smart Mobility and BYD.