Friday, September 24

Tokyo Paralympic Athlete Run Over By Autonomous Bus | Digital Trends Spanish

A Paralympic athlete suffered an accident when he was struck by a Toyota autonomous bus in a pedestrian crossing inside the Olympic village in Tokyo, Japan, in the framework of the Paralympic games.

The athlete in question is Aramitsu Kitazono, a 30-year-old judo competitor with visual impairment, who sustained some minor injuries from the blow. According to Toyota, the operators who were on the bus saw Kitazono, but did not think that he would not stop before the bus passed; in addition, there were a couple of officers controlling the crosswalk.

According to Toyota, the bus was moving very slowly, at a speed of 2 kilometers per hour. Toyota apologized for the case and explained that, as soon as the incident occurred, the autonomous bus stopped to offer assistance to the athlete run over. There appears to be an ongoing police investigation and the company says it is cooperating with the appropriate authorities.

Five other people were inside the vehicle at the time of the accident, but none were injured. And as a consequence of this, Toyota has suspended the operation of autonomous buses in the Olympic village.

In addition, Toyota President Akio Toyoda said that an excess of reliance on the autonomous system would have been the cause of the accident. However, and beyond the suspension of the buses inside the Olympic village, there have been no other consequences or comments from the organizing committee of the event.

The autonomous buses in question are a model called e-Palette, which is a small model that accommodates a maximum of 20 people inside and is designed to transport people over short distances and at very low speeds.

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