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How Japan's Olympics will revolutionize tech

Martyn Williams | Oct. 4, 2013
Japanese companies are going all out to impress visitors to the 2020 games.

And if Nissan has it's way, the streets of Tokyo won't just be transformed by Olympic spectators when 2020 comes around. The company is working on an autonomous driving technology for cars that will allow automobiles to drive themselves.

The cars, equipped with five cameras, five laser sensors and an electronic map, are already working on test tracks and were demonstrated at Ceatec. Production vehicles could be on the road by 2020.

Tokyo has already hinted that high-tech will be part of the Olympics.

At a news conference in Buenos Aires shortly before the Olympic committee voted on the 2020 host city, Japanese Olympian Yuki Ota, a double silver medalist in Fencing, demonstrated a small humanoid robot called Mirata.

Mirata is the same type of robot as Kirobo, developed by Toyota and recently sent to the International Space Station.



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