Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. Demonstration experiment for introducing autonomous mobility “iino type-S712” in Sannomiya, Kobe

Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.
Demonstration experiment for introducing autonomous mobility “iino type-S712” in Kobe Sannomiya
-Public road compatible model developed in anticipation of the revision of the Road Traffic Law-

Gekidan Iino GK (100% subsidiary of Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.) will conduct a public road demonstration experiment of the autonomous mobility “iino type-S712” from January 27th (Friday) to 29th (Sunday), 2023 in the Sannomiya Chuo-dori underground passage. (Sampochica). In anticipation of the revision of the Road Traffic Law next year, the introduction of automated driving technology is in full swing in various places, and this will be our first public road run.
This demonstration experiment will be conducted in cooperation with Kobe City, which is promoting pedestrian-centered urban development (walkable city) in the Sannomiya area, and is one of the initiatives aimed at improving pedestrian mobility and creating bustle.
The “iino type-S712” is a model developed in accordance with the “remotely controlled compact car” standard in the revised Road Traffic Act, and is aimed at driving on public roads. In February 2022, the same model was tested on private property in Sannomiya. This time, the second time, we will verify driving safety on public roads and coexistence with pedestrians for social implementation.
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Driving demonstration assuming future pedestrian traffic conditions  Pedestrian traffic conditions on decks around Sannomiya Station, where the introduction of mobility in the future is being considered, will be reproduced in the underground passages at certain times of the day, and driving demonstrations will be conducted. By driving approximately 150m at a speed of 5km/h or less while detecting obstacles with sensors on the front and rear of the vehicle, we will identify issues in coexistence with pedestrians in autonomous mobility in crowded environments.
In order to ensure safety, sound equipment and LED lights inside the vehicle body notify pedestrians of the existence of the mobility vehicle. stop.
The only “remote-controlled compact car” standard in Japan that allows multiple people to ride while standing
The features of the “iino type-S712” are that you can ride with your family and friends, and that your eye level is almost the same as when you are standing.
 In contrast to the general “remote-controlled compact car” standard mobility that can seat one person, the “iino type-S712” can
accommodate up to three people. You can ride with your family and friends on the deck of the station or around town.
In addition, since the height of the line of sight is almost the same as when standing, it is easier to communicate with people around you. The “iino type-S712” is currently a “remotely controlled compact car” standard, and is the only mobility vehicle in Japan that is expected to be capable of driving on public roads. In this demonstration experiment, in accordance with the “Road use permission standards related to public road demonstration experiments of automatic driving”, we have received a safety standard relaxation certification for “class 1 motorized bicycles” and will run with a license plate. It will be the first time in Japan that this type of mobility will run on public roads. (according to our research)
Demonstration experiment outline
・ Period: January 27 (Friday) to 29 (Sunday), 2023 11:00 to 17:00 * Driving demonstration assuming future pedestrian traffic conditions will be held on Friday, January 27 from 14:30 to 17:00 (planned) *Running will be stopped from 13:30 to 14:30 (scheduled) each day for charging, etc.
・Driving location: About 150m east of Sannomiya Platz on the Sannomiya Chuo-dori underground passage (commonly known as Sanpochika) (see map) ・Purpose: Verification of technological safety and coexistence with pedestrians for low-speed autonomous mobility in pedestrian space, in order to improve mobility in Kobe Sannomiya “Eki≈Machi Space” ・Participation method: During the experiment, the mobility is running back and forth, and you can ride freely. However, during the driving demonstration assuming future pedestrian traffic conditions (Friday, January 27, 14:30 to 17:00), only the people involved are running. ・Eligibility: Participation is free (free) *There is a height restriction (105 cm) for small children. Also, please refrain from riding while holding your child.
・Organizer: Kobe City Urban Redevelopment Headquarters, Downtown Redevelopment Department, Downtown Sannomiya Redevelopment Section Gekidan Iino LLC
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About iino type-S712
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・Name: iino type-S712
・Size: Length 1195mm x Width 695mm x Height 1050mm
・Maximum speed: 5km/h
・Maximum number of passengers: 3 people
 A self-driving mobility that moves at the speed of a person walking at 5 kilometers per hour. It is a “remotely controlled compact car” standard under the revised Road Traffic Act, and is expected to be able to run on sidewalks.
Based on the concept of “moving furniture”, warm wood is used for the exterior in consideration of coexistence with pedestrians. The design fits well in a city with many trees, and can be used as a table or counter when stopped.
A multi-seater type that can be used with family and friends. The height of your line of sight is almost the same as when you are standing, so you can easily communicate with people around you. Autonomous driving technology that achieves a high degree of safety supports movement in the city as a walking aid. It is a new type of mobility that is ideal for city riding.
About Gekidan Iino LLC
 Gekidan Iino LLC has designed a mobility experience that enhances the charm of the place where it runs and stirs the emotions of the passengers through the 5km/h autonomous mobility “iino”. So far, we have developed the “type-S,” which runs in pedestrian areas, and the “type-R,” which specializes in luxury experience content. Currently, in cooperation with local governments and real estate companies, we are working on initiatives using mobility services to realize pleasant walking towns and large-scale facilities.
【location】
〒530-0005 3-6-16 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Kanden Building 3F [Chairman]
Yuusuke Shimada
[Founding]
February 2020
[Business description]
Development and operation of the 5 km/h low-speed mobility service “iino”, design of travel experiences, formulation and verification of mobility operation plans, verification of excursions, etc.
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