Japan's First Domestic 5G-Enabled Multi-vehicle Autonomous Driving Experiment to Be Implemented on Public Roads

  • KDDI Research Inc.
  • Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.
  • Tier IV Inc.
  • Okaya & Co. Ltd.
  • Nagoya University

February 5,2019

An experimental autonomous driving trial is to be carried out on Feb. 9 in the city of Ichinomiya, Aichi prefecture as part of the prefecture's Fiscal 2018 Autonomous Driving Experimental Trial Promotion Project. Participants include AISANTECHNOLOGY CO.,LTD. (Headquarters: Nagoya, Aichi prefecture, President: Atsushi Kato), KDDI CORPORATION (Headquarters: Chiyoda, Tokyo, President: Makoto Takahashi), KDDI Research Inc. (Headquarters: Fujimino, Saitama, President: Yasuyuki Nakajima), Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc. (Headquarters: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, President: Keiji Nishizawa), Tier IV Inc. (Headquarters: Nagoya, Aichi prefecture, President: Kazuya Takeda), Okaya & Co. Ltd. (Headquarters: Nagoya, Aichi prefecture, President: Tokuichi Okaya) and Nagoya University (Central campus: Nagoya, Aichi prefecture, President: Seiichi Matsuo). The first trial of its kind in Japan [Jump to the applicable section1], the experiment will involve the use of a next-generation "5G" mobile communication system on public roads, and will include multiple vehicles operated by remotely monitored autonomous driving.

As Japan faces a full-fledged trend toward population decrease and low fertility, a number of societal issues are already emerging involving an increase in elderly drivers on regional roads and a decline in transportation options. Autonomous driving technology and the use of 5G ICT are attracting interest as tools that can be used to help ensure means of transportation in the future. The increasing sophistication of autonomous driving is making it a viable means of transportation that may alleviate problems such as geographical isolation of residents from convenient access to shopping, as well as a decline in numbers of bus and taxi drivers. It may also help promote tourism and stimulate the automotive industry.

The experimental trial involves two automated vehicles (one of which is equipped with 5G technology), which will self-drive with empty driver's seats. As they self-drive, one driver will monitor both vehicles at the same time from a remote location, assuming control in the event of any emergency.

The project is one of the ways in which AISANTECHNOLOGY, KDDI, KDDI Research, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa, Tier IV, Okaya & Co. and Nagoya University aim to help achieve safe, secure car life for everyone.

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Roles of the partners

  1. AISANTECHNOLOGY (Project Leader)
    High-accuracy 3D map updating and production
    Application production
    Autonomous driving trial
    Report production
  2. KDDI
    5G autonomous driving vehicle development and supply
    4G LTE telecoms network supply, and 5G area construction and evaluation
    Onboard telecoms hardware and remote-control console and communications for cloud-system connectivity
  3. KDDI Research
    5G autonomous driving vehicle development and supply
    Support for systems design and 5G technology to enable remote autonomous driving
  4. Sompo Japan Nipponkoa
    Risk assessment related to autonomous driving
    Consideration of specialized insurance and services development for autonomous driving
  5. Tier IV
    Supply of Autoware [Jump to the applicable section2] autonomous driving software
    Technical support and advice regarding autonomous driving
  6. Okaya & Co.
    Autonomous driving project operations and practical testing support
  7. Nagoya University
    Acceptability study for trial riders and final comprehensive report


  • [1]
    A remote driving project using 5G and running on public roads (study by KDDI, Feb. 5, 2019).
  • [2]
    "Autoware" is a trademark of the Autoware Foundation.

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