The first fully-autonomous Mazda has been shown off by Mazda in Japan, and it’s about to take to the streets of Tokyo.
The first vehicle that could be fully autonomous in the country was driven by a human driver in September.
Now, Mazda has officially announced that it will offer its fully-auto version of the vehicle to the public.
The car’s owner, Masahiro Nakamura, said in a statement that the first test will take place in the city of Nagoya.
The Japanese automaker’s announcement follows similar announcements from Google and Tesla, who both unveiled fully autonomous vehicles last month.
While autonomous vehicles are expected to make up a significant portion of the global market, there’s still a lot of work to be done.
A full-autonomy car is not only needed to get people around the city and get around town in the first place, but it needs to be safe.
There’s a lot riding on how well the car performs when it’s in a high-speed crash, and the car is expected to take the first steps toward that goal.
This is why the car has to be driven to a certain point, and how quickly it is able to stop, said Masahiko Sakamoto, chief operating officer of Mazda, in the company’s announcement.
That’s why Nakamura says that his car will be able to operate autonomously on its own for up to four hours, and when he needs to pull over to refuel it can do so on its way.
Nakamura said that he’s looking forward to seeing the results of the tests.
“I hope that the car can demonstrate that it can keep going even when the driver loses control of it,” Nakamura told reporters.
This autonomous car is almost ready to go, but will it really be safe?
The company says that it’s ready to roll out the first autonomous test vehicles this year.
But as with any fully-driverless vehicle, the car will have to be tested before it’s sold.
It’ll also be a while before it reaches dealerships, so it won’t be available for public purchase until 2021.
The company will have an internal test center, but there will be no public access to the test center.
As a result, the company is promising to keep the vehicle a secret until it’s officially released.
Nakamoto also said that the company will give away the car in exchange for free parking spaces.
“When we have to open up a test facility, we will do so with full transparency,” Nakamoto said.
“We will announce our test center location, and we will open it up to all the public for free.”
But what will it look like?
The Japanese company is also hoping that the public will show interest in the car by showing interest in Mazda’s car-sharing service, as well as a similar service that lets drivers park their cars remotely.
The service lets customers pay a monthly fee to have a car pick up them at the designated spot in their own city.
That way, they can keep their cars at home and avoid driving them around town on public roads.
While Nakamura’s car may not be ready to be sold until 2021, he did say that the Mazda-branded Mazda Miata will be available as a service by the end of the year.
This car will likely be the one to get when Mazda’s fully autonomous vehicle is finally released.