ANA conducts real-world testing for autonomous electric bus at Haneda International Airport

Autonomous electric bus at Haneda International Airport © ANA

All Nippon Airways (ANA) will conduct trials for an autonomous electric bus in collaboration with SB Drive Corp., Advanced Smart Mobility and BYD at Haneda International Airport (HND).

The trial will begin on January 22 and last until January 31. The development of this autonomous electric bus is the most recent example of ANA harnessing the latest technology to improve passenger convenience and comfort.

ANA has selected a specific course for the trial, with the bus set to travel the same 1.9 km (1.18 miles) segment of restricted area at Haneda Airport multiple times throughout the testing period. During the test, the bus will be evaluated based on its ability to perform the conditional automation with little human oversight.

Because safety is the top priority, ANA is holding the bus to the highest performance standards and the tests are specifically designed to replicate common, real-world scenarios. If testing proceeds as projected, ANA plans to implement the autonomous electric buses at Haneda International Airport by the end of this year.

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