Toyota Paralympics self-driving bus hits athlete

August 2021

Sky News reports that a Toyota e-Palette self-driving bus used to ferry athletes during the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo has hit a Japanese visually impaired athlete.

Aramitsu Kitazono was attempting to cross a street at a designated crossing within the Athletes Village when he was hit. He was left unable to compete.

The following day Toyota president Akio Toyoda apologised, before adding that 'It shows that autonomous vehicles are not yet realistic for normal roads.'

The service was temporarily suspended before being reintroduced with extra safety staff.

Operator: Toyota
Developer:
Toyota
Country: Japan
Sector: Automotive
Purpose: Automate steering, acceleration, braking
Technology: Self-driving system
Issue: Safety; Accuracy/reliability
Opacity: Governance; Black box