Muji first announced it would enter the autonomous vehicle game back in November with plans for Gacha, an all-weather, self-driving minibus. Now just a few months later, the first real-world Gacha’s are hitting the streets of Espoo, Finland as part of a pilot program running in several Finnish cities.
Muji led the design, and they partnered with technology company Sensible 4 to develop the vehicle’s positioning, navigation, and obstacle detection systems. Creating an autonomous bus capable of functioning in all weather conditions was a focus from the start—prototypes were even subjected to arctic conditions. The team believes Gacha will allow autonomous driving throughout the year regardless of the environment it’s in, but that will be put to the test in the coming months.
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