Sony takes on ride-hailing in Japan as Uber looks for partners

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...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 4 months ago | 0 comments

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

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...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 4 months ago | 0 comments

Shinkansen metal part found detached

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

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...

posted by  Yubi | 4 months, 4 weeks ago | 0 comments

As Electric Cars’ Prospects Brighten, Japan Fears Being Left Behind

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

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

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

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

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 ...

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

Boom partners with Japan Airlines on supersonic commercial flight

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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