Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Nissan follows GM with plan to test robo-taxis in early 2018

Nissan follows GM with plan to test robo-taxis in early 2018

In Japan, Nissan models including the Serena minivan, the X-Trail SUV and the new Leaf electric vehicle are gaining popularity due to their semi-autonomous features including single-lane diving and auto parking, said Bloomberg.

The two partners didn't reveal details, but is seems that the jointly developed service will rely on self-driving, fully autonomous electric cars.

Nissan Motor Co. said it will test an autonomous ride-hailing service on public roads in Japan in March, aiming to officially start the "robot taxi" rides in the early 2020s.

At a later stage, robotaxis will be available for use by the general public too. 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.

Through this Easy Ride service, users can make a auto call through the mobile APP, set the destination and let the unmanned taxi directly take them to a designated place.

Based on the objectives, customers can choose recommended local destinations and sightseeing routes.

"With "more freedom of mobility" as its concept, Easy Ride is envisioned as a service for anyone who wants to travel freely to their destination of choice in a robo-vehicle", Nissan said in a release.

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 auto.

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

According to reliable sources, again reported by Sina, participants in this test will sign a contract on Easy Ride's website and estimated tests of self-driving taxi will start in March 2018. With customers able to discover new local destinations through Easy Ride, the companies expect the service will also help energise cities and neighbourhoods.

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