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Nintendo Partner Announces Robot Taxis
photo credit: Benjyamin

Japanese mobile game maker DeNA (pronounced like DNA) might not be a household name in the U.S. yet, but they made headlines back in March when they announced a tie-up with Nintendo that would finally bring that company’s games to smartphones.

Today DeNA announced its expansion into yet another even more futuristic technology: robot taxis.

DeNA, which is partnering with a startup called ZMP, a developer of Google Car-esque driverless technology, aims to bring Robot Taxi to rural areas of Japan, where an aging population makes it hard to support full-time taxi drivers.

While robot taxis aren’t exactly mobile suits, it does feel like Japan is inching ever closer to an anime-like existence…

One step closer to a Ghost in the Shell-like world?

Source: Asahi

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.