The goal is to realize a society where everyone can move freely, safely and in a pollution-free way.
At the Innovation Network for Co-Creating the Future, we believe that the following 3 changes will have a significant impact in resolving societal problems in the area of Mobility.
Road congestion in urban and interurban areas continues to be a major problem in our country. Traffic jams in commuting time zones and traffic congestion on highways during the holiday seasons are typical cases of this problem, and usually incur a loss of time and money. There is also a negative impact on the environment due to CO2 emissions.
Innovation to support mobility-impaired persons
Due to the closures of many small and medium-sized shops and grocery stores, there are many localities where seniors and those with disabilities cannot go shopping on foot. This phenomenon has come to be known as “food desert”. In rural areas where public transportation routes are underdeveloped, seniors and those with disabilities who cannot drive are severely disadvantaged. Without the means to carry out daily activities such as dining out, going shopping, or traveling to the hospital, there are concerns that seniors and the disabled face a declining quality of life (QOL).
Innovation to improve logistics efficiency
The increase in frequency of delivery and redelivery and resulting decline in distribution efficiency in urban areas has become a social problem. In rural areas, there is a severe problem of one-way delivery traffic from cities and a low loading rate of only 40% of total capacity.
KITOHA Co., Ltd.
The company invented a platform business to offer a new “last one mile” (from last distribution depot to end user) delivery system that merges the conventional delivery system, sharing economy, and franchise system, with IT and AI technology.
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About mentoring by MRI scientists with expert knowledge in the various fields, cash award and supplementary awards.
About the competition procedure and criteria for participation.
About the schedule from the period between the application deadline and the final screening.
The following themes will also be considered for this program:
Business proposals may also be submitted for multifaceted social issues that involve several focus areas.
Note: business proposals focusing only on infrastructure technologies (e.g. AI and blockchains) will not be accepted.