Toyota has said its self-driving car test ride was a “good thing” for the company’s future.
The company’s announcement came as the company revealed it had passed a key regulatory hurdle for testing the cars, ahead of a planned public rollout later this year.
Speaking at its Tokyo headquarters on Tuesday, Toyota’s chief engineer Hideaki Wada said the company was confident its vehicles would not cause problems during the test drive.
Mr Wada also said that the vehicle’s “technology” had been developed “in a way that makes it safe to drive and that it would be safe to test on the roads of Japan”.
Toyota said its test vehicle was able to perform “slightly more complex tasks” than previous vehicles, and that the test vehicle had passed safety and traffic laws.
“It’s just not a good thing for business, I guess,” Mr Wadera said.
Toyota said it planned to open the test centre in Tokyo by 2020.
“We believe that the tests will give us a better understanding of how we can make it better,” Mr Yamaguchi said.
Mr Yamager said Toyota had been working on autonomous driving for some time.
“I’ve been saying for years that we need to do this for our company, for our customers,” he said.
“That’s why we’ve decided to do it now.”