Japan will be the first country to use self-driving cars to deliver items purchased online. The service, called “on-demand service delivery,” will be tested on the road as early as March next year.
The project is a joint effort between delivery company Yamato Transport and information technology company DeNA.
The self-driving car delivery service is called “Roboneko” (Robot cat), which is a reference to the company’s black cat logo.
Customers will be able to select and order items via an app from their smartphones. Its system will allow users to track the delivery instantly.
The initial phase will have the cars make their rounds at various “national strategic special zones.” If the trial is successful, they’ll roll out the service to the entire country.