The service was stopped after one of the vehicles overturned at an intersection last week and injured a visually impaired Japanese judoka.

“The vehicle sensor detected the crosswalk and activated the automatic brake, an operator also activated the emergency brake. However, the vehicle and pedestrians made contact before it came to a stop, ”the Japanese automaker said in a statement Monday.

The only slightly injured athlete Aramitsu Kitazono had to take the judo test on Saturday due to the incident. cuts and bruises they suffered.

Kitazono’s withdrawal is bad news for the Japanese company, which is working with other global automakers to develop self-driving vehicles that can run safely on public roads.

The e-Palette, a fully autonomous battery-electric vehicle, has been fitted with large doors and power ramps to allow groups of athletes to climb quickly.

Operators supervising the vehicle will now control its speed and two security guards will be in place to be on board to keep pedestrians safe, a company spokesperson said.

The volume of the e-Palette horns will also be increased and the number of guides at the busiest crosswalks in the Athletes’ Village will increase from six to twenty, Toyota said.

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