Automobile company, Toyota has resumed operations of its autonomous vehicles at the Paralympic Games village in Tokyo following an accident.

Recall that a vehicle hit a visually impaired athlete last week leading to the halt of services of the e-Palette pods.

A member of Japan’s judo team, Aramitsu Kitazono was hit as he walked across a pedestrian crossing on Thursday.

Kitazono was unable to compete in his 81kg category as a result of the accident.

Toyota in a statement on Monday said, “The vehicle’s sensor detected the pedestrian crossing and activated the automatic brake, and the operator also activated the emergency brake. The vehicle and pedestrians, however, came into contact before it came to a complete halt.”

Following this, vehicles will now have more operator control and extra staff to ensure they do not hit any persons again.


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