Sony Could Be Looking To Launch AI Taxi Hailing System

  • Sony Could Be Looking To Launch AI Taxi Hailing System

Sony Could Be Looking To Launch AI Taxi Hailing System

The electronics giant has signed a letter of intent with Green Cab, International Automobile, Kusumi Transportation, Daiwa Motor Transport, Checker Cab Radio Cooperative Association, and Hinomaru Transportation to improve convenience for customers in the island nation. Non-professional drivers are effectively barred from offering taxi services, so apps like Uber have to link riders with existing taxi fleets.

Uber's new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, is now in Asia and announced that Uber also plans to team up with taxi companies in Japan. App developer JapanTaxi announced a partnership with Toyota on February 8 that will see the automaker invest 7.5 billion yen ($70 million) in the unit of Nihon Kotsu, one of the country's largest taxi operators.

Uber Technologies Inc. aims to introduce its ride-hailing services across Japan in around 2020 by joining hands with local taxi firms, its chief executive officer said Tuesday.

Uber is pulling the brakes on its service in Morocco, which will cease on February 23, as it waits (and hopes) for local regulators to accommodate app-based ride-hailing. JapanTaxi says 60,000 cabs, or around one-fourth of cabs in Japan, are enlisted on its administration, which it claims gives it the greatest marketshare among Japanese taxi-dispatch applications. He was speaking with Roos, a co-founding partner at Geodesic Capital, an Uber investor.

"It is clear to me that we need to come in with partnership in mind and in particular partnership with the taxi industry", he said without providing specifics. Each have effectively framed an organization with taxicab organization Daiichi Koutsu Sangyo.

Five taxi operators will form a joint venture with Sony to build the platform.

Sony, however, plans to push things even further as its service would be powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The company's ride-sharing service, one of Uber's key operations that involves private vehicles, has been challenged by Japanese regulations, while being allowed only in limited locations - some rural areas in Hokkaido and Kyoto Prefecture.

Earlier this month, SoftBank Group Corp. announced a partnership with China's Didi Chuxing and plans to begin trial services this year.