Sony has teamed up with six of the largest Japanese taxis to create a new taxi service. It will be a mobile application like Uber, linking drivers and passengers. This is reported by the publication Nikkei.
Unlike competitors, Sony plans to build its service around the algorithms of artificial intelligence. According to Nikkei, so the company wants to allocate drivers more efficiently.
The algorithm will predict when users may need a machine: for example, send drivers to the stadium before the end of the match. The system will take into account the situation on the roads, travel history, weather and local incidents.
Sony partners have 10 thousand taxis in the area of large Tokyo. The company has already begun work on the creation of the platform, but when it becomes available, it is not specified whether or not the service will go beyond Japan.
In February, a similar Japanese carmaker, Toyota, began working on a similar system . The company has already invested $ 70 million in the development of its JapanTaxi service.
The announcement of Sony coincided with the arrival of Uber CEO Dara Khosrovshahi to find partners in the Japanese market. The country banned private transport, so the company can not use its normal business model and hire any drivers. The taxi market in Japan is estimated at $ 16 billion per year, and Uber occupies only 1% of the market.