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Mitoyo City, Mitoyo City Council of Social Welfare, and Daihatsu Signs Three-party Partnership Agreement for Demonstration of Regional Consolidation of Pick-up and Delivery Services in the Field of Welfare and Nursing

Oct. 05, 2020
Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd.

Mitoyo City in Kagawa Prefecture, Mitoyo City Council of Social Welfare, and Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Ikeda-shi, Osaka; hereinafter “Daihatsu”) have signed a partnership agreement to jointly collaborate and promote next-generation mobility services in the field of welfare and nursing. A demonstration project for regional consolidation of pick-up and delivery services in the field of welfare and nursing is being planned to take place within 2020.

Background and overview

1. Background

On October 15, 2019, Mitoyo City and Daihatsu signed a partnership agreement regarding next-generation mobility services in the field of welfare and nursing. This project was also selected for the FY2020 Project for Creating and Promoting New MaaS in Regions by Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry on July 31, 2020. It will be carried out as an advanced pilot area. It aims to reduce the burdens of people involved in welfare and nursing businesses through transportation service (welfare and nursing MaaS) that utilizes advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT). At the same time, it seeks to build communities where people such as the elderly can continue to lead rich daily lives freely.

2. Collaboration of three parties in demonstration project

A partnership agreement regarding the conduct of the demonstration project was signed on October 5, 2020 by Mitoyo City, Mitoyo City Council of Social Welfare, and Daihatsu.

3. Overview of demonstration project

(1) Name
Demonstration project for regional consolidation of pick-up and delivery services in the field of welfare and nursing

(2) Overview
Pick-up and delivery services being conducted individually for each day care facility will be consolidated and carried out to demonstrate a model for shared pick-up and delivery services covering an entire region. In addition, new possibilities in mobility needs using the free time of pick-up and delivery vehicles will be explored.

(3) Purpose
To reduce the burdens from day care facility users, nursing staff, and facilities as well as to create communities where elderly people can continue to lead rich lifestyles.

(4) Planned period
Starting in November 2020 until end of November

(5) Scale (four vehicles in operation)
Among the users from the five participating day care facilities within Mitoyo City (Yamamoto and Saita districts), a total of around 600 users is expected.

(6) Measures against spread of COVID-19
For this demonstration, in addition to adherence with the prevention measures in the guidelines by Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, two other measures are planned to be implemented: the use of SIAA-certified antiviral coating for the interior of pick-up and delivery vehicles; and the installation of curtains to separate rear seats.