Sony takes on ride-hailing in Japan as Uber looks for partners

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Sony says it is partnering with Daiwa Motor Transportation and five other local taxi companies in Japan to build a new taxi system to connect drivers with passengers through a mobile application, similar to how Uber and many others manage their shared-travel services. Sony, however, plans to use AI to better predict the demand to dispatch taxis more efficiently, says Nikkei, by taking into account traffic, travel history, weather and local events. Sony has already implemented its artificial intelligence technology in products such as its robot dog Aibo.
Sony plans to launch the new company in the spring along with a new payment service. The six taxi companies (Green Cab, International Motor, Kusumi Transportation, Checker Cab Radio Cooperative Association, Hinomaruku …

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