July 31, 2020
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) selected 52 target regions for demonstration tests in which the regions will take on challenges of social implementation of new mobility services as an effort under the FY2020 Smart Mobility Challenge Project. METI and MLIT will conduct demonstration tests of new mobility services and analyze the business feasibility of such services in the selected regions, extract best practices and organize cross-sectoral challenges, thereby aiming to encourage the regions not only to maintain and strengthen mobility services in the regions but also to solve challenges in mobility and vitalize regional economies.
1. Selecting target regions for demonstration tests under the FY2020 Smart Mobility Challenge Project
METI and MLIT jointly started a new project titled “Smart Mobility Challenge” in June 2019, aiming to support regional areas and companies in taking on solving challenges in mobility and vitalizing such areas through implementation of new mobility services in society and, since then, METI and MLIT have been advancing efforts under the project. As an effort in FY2020, from April to June 2020, METI and MLIT opened a call for project proposals from regions which intend to take on pioneering social implementation of new mobility services, and METI and MLIT selected 52 target regions for demonstration tests through screening of applications by the respective experts’ meetings.
From April 22 to June 29, 2020, METI opened a call for applicants for “pilot areas” which tackle demonstration tests, business-feasibility analyses and other efforts in which the following five elements and autonomous driving systems are used for achieving social implementation of new mobility services, and it selected 16 regions as “advanced pilot areas” based on the results of discussions, such as those by the Committee of Planning and Management consisting of experts (Appendix 1):
- Enhancing efficiencies of mobility services by multitasking with existing other mobility services;
- Providing services taking advantage of mobility;
- Building a mechanism which promotes changes on the demand side (stimulating demand for mobility);
- Making use of profits and creating value added through cross-sectoral collaboration; and
- Acquiring related data on mobility and collaborating with policies for transportation and city planning.
Appendix 1: Overview of the target regions selected as advanced pilot areas (in Japanese)
From April 17 to June 30, 2020, MLIT opened a call for applicants concerning its Project for Promoting and Supporting Japanese MaaS, an initiative for developing models of MaaS which contribute to solving regional challenges, and, based on the opinions of experts as well, it selected 38 successful projects since these projects are able to collaborate with fields other than transportation, are expected to contribute to solving regional challenges and have potential for becoming new models of MaaS (Appendix 2).
- Appendix 2: Overview of the selected projects under the Project for Promoting and Supporting Japanese MaaS (in Japanese) (PDF:3,775KB)
These selected projects for demonstration tests and other initiatives will be conducted while making all possible efforts to ensure measures against the novel coronavirus disease. If these projects are affected by any impacts of the disease, the scheduled periods and programs of the demonstration tests may change.
2. Links to related websites
- Website for the Smart Mobility Challenge Campaign (in Japanese)
- Announcement on the Project for Creating and Promoting New MaaS in Regions (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) (in Japanese)
- Announcement of the Project for Promoting and Supporting Japanese MaaS (MLIT) (in Japanese)
Division in Charge
ITS and Autonomous Driving Promotion Office, Automobile Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI