We are about to start seeing more cars but fewer drivers on the road. Self-driving vehicles are already moving out of the labs and onto the roads world-wide, and Yuki Saji thinks Japan has a unique competitive advantage in the space.
Yuki is CEO of SB Drive, Softbank’s autonomous vehicle subsidiary which was recently spun out. We talk a lot about the future of driverless cars, of course, but also look into what Softbank, one of Japan’s largest and most valuable companies. is doing to ensure that it can continue to innovate and to also make sure the innovators within the company connect with each other and stay part of the corporate group.
It’s a great discussion, and I think you’ll enjoy it
Show Notes for Startups
- The goals and origins of SB Drive
- Building a team of entrepreneurs inside Softbank
- Why self-driving cars will show up in rural areas first
- How Japanese technology compares to the rest of the world
- Why AI will become a commodity
- Japan’s secret advantage in driverless cars
- Why full autonomy will win out over assistive technologies
- What’s holding back driverless cars in Japan
- Advice for companies wanting to spin out startups