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Nissan to launch self-driving cars by 2022

Nissan Robot Taxi Nissan & DeNA To Begin Public Self-Driving Taxi Service Testing In Japan In 2018
Frank Williams | 08 Декабря, 2017, 01:05

Nissan plans to combine its Intelligent Mobility vision with DeNA's experience in developing and operating driverless mobility services for the development of new Easy Ride brand.

Tech Crunch reports that the carmaker is working with Japanese software maker DeNA to create the autonomous ride-hailing service which will be trialled on Japanese Roads.

Japanese vehicle giant Nissan has announced it will begin testing autonomous "robo-taxis" in Yokohama from March. Customers can use a mobile app to complete the total process ranging from setting destinations and mobilizing vehicles to pay the fee.

As technology continues to make public transport faster, more efficient, and more sustainable, auto manufacturers are looking for new ways to operate in the evolving mobility market, as Nissan becomes the latest to reveal an autonomous taxi service.

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The automaker has been working with local internet and software company DeNA since January this year to develop its driverless technology, which is fitted to modified models of Nissan's Leaf electric vehicle. And the APP cannot only enable users to set a destination, but also provide passengers information about nearby restaurants, hotels and other service information, allowing users to set driving directions. They will also be able to select recommended local destinations and sightseeing routes, depending on what they want to do.

Easy Ride is a robo-vehicle for customers who intend to travel freely to their destination.

A multi-lingual version of the app in under development including a system that will monitor riders and the vehicle to ensure utmost safety.

Nissan and DeNA started a technical field test using an autonomous vehicle this year. Nissan said through such a new rental taxi mode, the city's public transport infrastructure will be greatly expanded, Easy Ride will effectively enhance the interaction between cities. The test service, named Easy Ride, will last two weeks, the companies said in a joint statement.

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