Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Nissan and DeNA unveil Easy Ride mobility service in Japan

Nissan and DeNA unveil Easy Ride mobility service in Japan

The test service, named Easy Ride, will last two weeks, the companies said in a joint statement.

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.

The test will take place between 5 and 8 March in the Minatomirai district of Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. They will also be able to select recommended local destinations and sightseeing routes, depending on what they want to do.

Semi-autonomous driving features such as single-lane diving and auto parking are features that have already been incorporated by Nissan in its Japanese models of its Serena minivan, the X-Trail SUV and the new Leaf electric vehicle.

Under their plan, customers can use a mobile app to call the robo-vehicle, set the required destination and pay the fare.

Nissan is planning to begin a pilot of self-driving Leaf electric vehicles that can be hailed using a smartphone app from next March.

For customer safety, the partners intend to deploy remote monitoring system and provide multiple language options in the new brand.

In September this year, Nissan has unveiled a longer-range version of its Leaf electric vehicle (EV).

While companies continue to pursue development of safe self-driving functions which can ferry riders to their destination of choice, they also face regulatory hurdles, as most global jurisdictions do not expressly authorize vehicles to operate on regular roads without a driver. The companies will recruit participants for the March field test until 15 January through the Easy Ride website.

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