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GM and Honda to launch Cruise robotaxis in Japan by 2026

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Autonomous vehicle operator Cruise, which is backed by General Motors, will launch a robotaxi service in Japan by 2026. It’s another sign that GM does not intend to back down from its commitment to get driverless cars in more cities as rapidly as possible.

Japan would be Cruise’s second international market, after Dubai. The announcement is being portrayed as a possible answer to the country’s driver shortage, which has been exacerbated by Japan’s aging population. Cruise currently operates robotaxis in several US cities and has said it plans to launch in 12 more in the years to come.

Japan would be Cruise’s second international market, after Dubai

GM made the announcement alongside Honda, which has a three-year-old partnership to…

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