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SoftBank Group in joint venture to build  driverless buses

Prototype already navigating a closed course; four Japanese towns have signed up to test the vehicles on actual bus routes next year

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The project is part of SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son's desire to push the company beyond its telecom roots.

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IF you had to invent the perfect place to roll out self-driving buses, Japan would be it. The country boasts an immaculate and extensive road network. Much of the ageing population relies on public transport, especially in the countryside, to get around. And that customer base is

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