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Toyota suspends use of self-driving car in Olympic Village after colliding with Paralympic athletes

Toyota suspends use of self-driving car in Olympic Village after colliding with Paralympic athletes

Toyota CEO apologized on Friday in a Post the video on YouTube After one of the company’s self-driving cars collided with the athlete while driving at a speed of one to two kilometers per hour around the Olympic Village in Tokyo.
“It shows that self-driving vehicles are not yet realistic on normal roads,” CEO Akio Toyoda said in Japanese in the video. According to Reuters.
Vehicle use at the Paralympics has been halted amid an investigation into the accident by police and the company, Toyota Confirmed to CNN Business.
Toyota (TM) A custom-built version of its robotic vehicles provides a battery-powered “electronic board” to transport athletes and staff during the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, which began earlier this week. In a press release about cars, the company said Toyota has worked with Paralympic athletes to develop vehicles that include “handrails and seats that are easy to use regardless of height” and electric ramps for wheelchair riders.

She also said that the motorized vehicles were designed to move at low speeds to increase safety, but that did not help Japanese Paralympic judo athlete Arimitsu Kitazuno.

Kitazuno was crossing a footpath in Athlete’s Village when an electronic board turned right and hit him at a very slow speed, according to him. a report From the Japanese news organization Asahi Shimbun. At the time, the vehicle was under the manual control of an operator, who told police that they “were aware of a person there but believed that (the person) would (aware that a bus was coming) and stop crossing (the street),” Asahi reported.

“A car is more powerful than a human, so obviously I was worried about their condition,” Toyoda said in the video, according to Reuters.

The athlete was wounded in the head and legs and was treated inside the Riyadi village. Nikki Asia mentioned Kitazuno’s coach said he will miss the men’s judo match he was scheduled to compete on Saturday.
“We would like to express our sincerest apologies to the individual injured in this unfortunate collision and we wish him a speedy recovery,” Toyota said in a statement. statment. “We would also like to apologize for any inconvenience caused to those using our motorized vehicles at the Athletes Village.”