011 To solve issues of the current
Solutions for businesses ―Providing measures of efficient car- allocation
Our solutions reduce the number of cases, in which vehicles run without passengers and increase the number of passengers per vehicle. As a result, you can minimize cost and increase the number of passengers. We change the existing customs such as routine run according to schedules, passenger hunting based on each driver’s hunch and experience, and waiting taxis at stations, and let drivers provide services based on the actual needs.
Solutions for passengers ― Solving transportation mobility gap
We realize the society where people can move more conveniently and maintain regional communities and transportation that support healthy lifestyles.
Solutions for society―Revitalization of local economies and Environmental preservation
We contribute to the revitalization of regional economies by rejuvenating people’s mobility. An increase in transportation efficiency per vehicle will lead to environmental conservation including CO2 reduction because the number of cars on the road decrease.
022 Create brand new services by using the existing infrastructure of public transportation
SAV can be utilized in many ways such as logistics, transportation to medical facilities and schools, substitutes for regional community buses, a means of transportation for sightseeing tours, and so on. We will continue our effort to create new services that make use of SAVS as infrastructure.
I believe the word “Mobility as a Service” has become popular over the past year.
MaaS, a term initially used in a Master’s thesis of Aalto University, proposed a mobility service integrating existing transportation (trains, bus, taxi, bicycle, rent-a-car, etc.). I often hear people use an expression “X as a Service” these days. Someone defined this as “a usage of X without owning it”, which I think is a clear definition. The definition means “a usage of mobility (transportation) without owning a vehicle”.
In Japan, “shared transportation”, “carpooling” or “ride-sharing” have been proposed as new kinds of mobility. I think Prime Minister Abe’s statement on introducing “carpooling taxi” and the Olympics Games Tokyo 2020 further promote the ride-sharing and possibly let the idea promptly take shape. There are several similar terms surrounding the concept of ride-sharing as you can see, but we need to be careful in using those because they have different meanings. “Shared transportation” is a form of service provided by buses, trains, and, in some cases, taxis. The concept is prescribed by Road Transportation Law. “Carpooling” originally means that people waiting for a cab at places like taxi stands get into a group and hop on a taxi together. However, in recent years, there has been an increasing number of systems that match a passenger with other passengers. In “carpooling”, the matching has to be completed before taking a ride. “Ride-sharing” mostly refers to unlicensed taxis for shared transportation, such as Uber POOL.
As Mirai Share Co., Ltd. aims for a more flexible transportation service, we decided to use the term “ride-hitching” so that our service will not be confused with others. “Ride-hitching” might sound like a free ride. However, according to the 7th edition of Kojien (a Japanese dictionary), it means “to get on a stranger’s vehicle and share it with him/her. To be allowed to get in a vehicle or ride a horse”. A vehicle you hail with our service comes to you anytime, and you can hop onto it immediately. On your way to your destination, other people might get on the same vehicle by hitching a ride. We aim for the improvement of mobility by replacing all the public transportation in big cities and other places with our ride-hitching service.
We founded Mirai Share Co., Ltd. has originally to solve issues surrounding public transportation in Hakodate. In most cities, including Hakodate, some bus routes are frequently used by a lot of people, but many other bus routes have a few passengers. This situation creates a vicious circle. If there are a few passengers, a bus company has to scale down their services, and as a result, the number of passengers decreases due to the services’ inconvenience. As a result, fewer buses are available. Although municipal government-subsidized bus services operate in depopulated areas, sadly only a few people use those buses. Those vacant buses are said to “transport air”. In Hakodate, there are many taxi companies. Although taxis are very convenient when getting to your destination, you cannot use them frequently in your daily life because they charge you a lot. In a super-aged society, the number of citizens who have to refrain from driving is increasing. However, they cannot do so because public transportation, including bus, taxi (and city tram) is not convenient. If they cannot drive, they cannot even go shopping or go to hospitals. Most citizens use their own cars – only children commuting to their schools, and older people use buses. As many of those who have jobs use their own cars, they don’t know that public transportation is inconvenient. Although buses are extremely inconvenient when we get a lot of snow in winter, I think people in the city’s administration don’t really understand the issue. I am a rare case as a Hakodate citizen because I have used public transportation instead of my own car for the last 20 years for commuting to work and so on. Therefore, I truly feel that the situation on public transportation in Hakodate is worsening every year. If public transportation in Hakodate doesn’t become more convenient, I believe that Hakodate cannot continue to exist as a city.
Our motivation behind the development of SAVS and the establishment of this company was to solve issues surrounding public transportation in Hakodate-city. In the process of developing SAVS, we figured out that SAVS can be effective for depopulated areas and big cities, not just for Hakodate. If SAVS can make public transportation more efficient, the number of vehicles (and drivers) will decrease, and as a result, issues such as the labor shortage and traffic jams will be solved. Just as the Internet caused a revolution in information mobility, we hope that SAV will revolutionize the mobility of people (and goods).
“We would like to radically change the way people and goods are transported”.
This is the common desire among people involved in Mirai Share, researchers who have worked on applying AI technology to transportation, engineers engaged in developing SAVS, and employees running the company. As a result of using computers to seek the best way of operating transportation services by removing frameworks of existing public transportation and service, legal registration, customs, and preconceptions, the computers gave us some unconventional ideas in the early 2000s. This is how SAVS started. After conducting field tests from 2013 to 2015, we started to see values symbolized in MaaS: “Transportation is not a purpose, but a means” and “A revolution of mobility not an improvement of transportation should be achieved “.
We have developed SAVS to realize ideal societies in which citizens can get to their destinations without their own cars. Our purpose is to provide people with mobility platforms to increase people’s opportunities to go out, maintain healthy lifestyles and regional communities, and retain transportation infrastructure that supports safe, reliable and comfortable societies, in which people can do sightseeing as they please and evacuate in contingencies and emergencies. On the other hand, the increase in the number of vehicles on the road in proportion to the revitalization of people’s mobility and concentration of demand can cause various issues including traffic jam, and increase in accident rate, CO2 emission and a lack of drivers. It is required to instantly decide which vehicle should pick up whom in what order for suing the minimum number of vehicles possible to satisfy the largest amount of mobility demand. SAVS solves this difficult challenge by making the most of AI’s strong points. Our goal is to establish appropriate transportation at the city level, using this core technology. In 2016, Mirai Share was founded after a long research period. Since the foundation, we have received inquiries from around Japan on heart-breaking issues regarding transportation. We aim to realize societies where all the people have access to transportation, by facing those social issues earnestly and solving them. We are blessed with encounters with many people, who have a lot of ideas inspired by SAVS, visions for the future, dream and ideal. Although the technology is the only asset of our venture, in the time of mobility revolution, we truly hope to work together with you to grow businesses that have a lasting impact until 50 or 100 years later.
Honorary President, Professor emeritus, Non-tenured professor at Future University Hakodate
|2018||President at Sapporo City University|
|2016||Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo
Mechano-Informatics Non-tenured professor Chair for Frontier AI Education
|2016||Honorary president / Professor emeritus / Non-tenured professor at Future University Hakodate|
|2008||(-2016) Chairman at Future University Hakodate|
|2004||(-2016) President at Future University Hakodate|
|2001||Director of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology|
|1983||Joined the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology|
|1983||PhD in Graduate School of Engineering, Information Engineering Course, The University of Tokyo|
Non-tenured professor at Future University Hakodate
|2020||Professor at Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo|
|2016||Vice Chairman at Future University Hakodate|
|2014||Chairman at the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence|
|2011||Took office of Chairman of NPO Smart City Hakodate(concurrently)|
|2000||Professor at the Department of Systems Information Science, Future University Hakodate|
|1986||Joined the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology|
|1986||PhD in Graduate School of Engineering, Information Engineering Course, The University of Tokyo|
|2016||Established and took office of Representative Director of Mirai Share Co., Ltd., a venture launched by Future University Hakodate|
|2008||2008 Established Hakodate branch and has engaged in research projects at Future University Hakodate since 2013|
|1996||Graduated from Aoyama Gakuin University. He had involved in software development. In 2004, he established and took office of director of atWare, Inc.|
|Company Name||Mirai Share Co., Ltd.|
|Founded||21 July 2016|
|Headquarters||Mansho building 1F, 2-7-21 Mihara, Hakodate-city, Hokkaido, 041-0806 Japan|
|Yokohama branch||Ocean gate Minato Mirai 8F, 3-7-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-city, Kanagawa, 220-0012 Japan|
|Board members||Chairman Hitoshi Matsubara Vice Chairman and professor at Future University Hakodate PhD in Engineering
Chairman Hideyuki Nakashima Honorary president at Future University Hakodate, President at Sapporo City University PhD in Engineering
Representative Director Wataru Matudate Director of atWare, Inc.
Director Itsuki Noda Artificial Intelligence Research Center in the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Principal Research Manager PhD in Engineering
Director Ryo Kanamori Non-tenured Associate Professor at Nagoya University PhD in Engineering
Director Ryuichi Iwamura Chairman of Community Taxi, Inc.
Auditor Takashi Makino Representative Director of atWare, Inc.
|Our business||“Research and development of central systems that control each vehicle’s running routes
Provision of running routes to autonomous cars, shared-transportation vehicles, on-demand vehicles, and logistics vehicles”
Hokkaido, Hakodate, Mihara, 2-chōme-7-22 1F
Kanagawa, Yokohama, Nishi Ward, Minatomirai, 3 Chome−7−1 OCEAN GATE MINATO MIRAI 8F