Kyocera Corporation announced that it will participate in a self-driving bus test project organized by the “Mobility Innovation Consortium,” an organization to promote autonomous driving led by East Japan Railway Company (JR East). Other corporations participating in the test project will include Advanced Smart Mobility Co., Aichi Steel Corporation, SoftBank Corp., Nippon Signal Co., Ltd. and NEC Corporation.

Project tests, which will occur between December 2018 and March 2019, are designated to evaluate self-driving technologies for bus transit applications, including automated lane-maintenance control, speed control, parking assist, and alternating passage tests on JR East’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines.

Kyocera will support the installation and maintenance of roadside units for vehicle-to-infrastructure communications. Through multiple BRT experiments, the companies aim to identify and solve technology issues that stand in the way of commercializing autonomous bus transit. The project is designed to evaluate technologies and public demonstration rides will not occur at this phase.