Nissan To Test Self-Driving Taxis In Japan

December 12th, 2017 by

As part of its mission to launch autonomous vehicles, Nissan plans to roll out a ride-sharing pilot program with tech company DeNA. The test will take place in Yokohama, Japan in 2018.

The 2018 Nissan LEAF 

The program, Easy Ride, is expected to function with the way autonomous ride sharing programs like Uber are already doing.

Nissan and DeNA plan to move methodically. The pilot project starts with a two-week test run between March 5 and 18, 2018. The program will use modified Nissan LEAFs. Nissan and DeNA are inviting drivers to volunteer and participate.

Nissan and DeNA began collaborating in January on the new mobility service that uses autonomous driving technology. The two companies want to combine DeNA’s expertise in developing and operating driverless mobility services with Nissan’s “Intelligent Mobility” vision, a innovation concept centered around efficiency, technology, and electric vehicles.

The goal is to make Easy Ride a service for anyone who wants to travel to their destination in a robo-vehicle. Eventually, the companies plan for a mobile app to automate the process, from setting a destination and requesting a vehicle to paying for the ride.

The two-week test will take place in the Minatomirai district.

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