Sony wants to bring AI taxi services to Japanese streets

According to a statement on Tuesday (translated), Sony and six local taxi companies — Green Cab, International Automobile, Kusumi Transportation, Daiwa Motor Transportation, Checker Cab Radio Cooperative Association, and Hinomaru Transportation — will form the new business venture.Sony and the six other firms aim to establish the new JV in coming months.

The new company will develop and operate “dispatch service applications” that will utilize Sony’s AI technologies for demand forecasts and similar services.

Sony says that the six companies together control over 10,000 taxis across Tokyo and beyond, and by integrating AI, customer service will be improved by “prepar[ing] the necessary number of taxis when necessary.”