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Germany and Japan team up on automated driving

Germany and Japan are pursuing a collaboration on research activities to increase the commercial application of automated driving.

A soon-to-be-established collaboration on the topic is the result of a high-level steering committee meeting between the Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Japan’s Cabinet Office. Both German chancellor Angela Merkel and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe welcomed the agreement.

The research project will include expert workshops, regular meetings between participants and a coordinating secretariat. The project will focus on researching communication between automated vehicles and human drivers, paying particular attention to potential differences in culture and behaviour in Germany and Japan.

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