Sony takes on ride-hailing in Japan as Uber looks for partners www.theverge.com

Sony says it’s partnering with Daiwa Motor Transportation and five other local taxi companies in Japan to build a new taxi-hailing system to match drivers with riders via a mobile app, similar to h...

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Drop Everything, Japan's Aspark Owl Electric Hypercar Just Did 0-60 In 1.9 Seconds jalopnik.com

The Aspark Owl is a surprisingly sexy electric sports car, was launched at the Frankfurt Auto Show last year, where it was spotted by our own David Tracy. Back then the car was claimed to theoretic...

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Shinkansen metal part found detached www3.nhk.or.jp

Officials with East Japan Railway Company say a metal part that went missing from a Shinkansen bullet train has been found. They say the problem did not disrupt services or cause any injuries.

The ...

posted by  Yubi | 4 months, 1 week ago | 0 comments


Classical Music in Trains www.japantimes.co.jp

tarting Monday, Tokyo Metro Co. will experiment with playing background music on their trains in a bid to provide a more comfortable travel experience for passengers. The background music will be p...

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As Electric Cars’ Prospects Brighten, Japan Fears Being Left Behind www.nytimes.com

Japan is scrambling to ensure it has a future in an electric-car world. Toyota, the country’s largest automaker, pioneered gasoline-electric hybrids but has long been skeptical about consumers’ app...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 5 months, 1 week ago | 0 comments


Toyota’s ‘e-Palette’ is a weird, self-driving modular store on wheels www.theverge.com

Toyota, the second biggest automaker in the world, announced an ambitious plan today to tackle mobility and delivery services in the age of autonomous cars. Apparently it involves weird, see-throug...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 5 months, 2 weeks ago | 0 comments


Tests to raise train speeds in Seikan tunnel www3.nhk.or.jp

The Japanese government and Hokkaido Railway Company plan to shorten the travel time between Tokyo and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto station in Hokkaido.

Hokkaido Shinkansen bullet trains currently connect ...

posted by  Yubi | 6 months, 2 weeks ago | 0 comments


Transport ministry to study self-navigating ships www3.nhk.or.jp

Japan's transport ministry will set up a panel this month to consider how self-navigating ships can be put into practical use.

The ministry says that in the past 5 years, human error was the cause ...

posted by  Yubi | 6 months, 2 weeks ago | 1 comment


Nissan will kick off self-driving Leaf EV taxi service test in March techcrunch.com

Nissan is the latest automaker to make its autonomous vehicle testing intentions clear – it’ll begin a pilot of self-driving Nissan Leaf electric vehicles that can be hailed using a smartphone app ...

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Boom partners with Japan Airlines on supersonic commercial flight techcrunch.com

Boom Supersonic wants to revitalize and improve the world of supersonic passenger flight, and it now has a new partner on board in its mission – Japan Airlines (JAL), one of the world’s leading pas...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 6 months, 2 weeks ago | 1 comment

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