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Nissan, DeNA unveil Easy Ride robo-vehicle mobility service in Japan

08 December 2017

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.

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.

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This initial testing will take place over a 2-week period in the city of Yokohama in March 2018 - whereby riders or pilot participants will be able to use an app developed by DeNA to call for a self-driving Nissan LEAF taxi to pick them up, and then to deliver them to any number of pre-mapped destinations in the city.

"Nissan and DeNA started collaborating to develop a new mobility service that uses autonomous driving technology in January 2017". Nissa and DeNA will combine Nissan's smart mobile vision, automotive electrification and auto networking technologies with DeNA's Internet, artificial intelligence, driverless mobile software services through a modified Nissan Leaf unmanned electric vehicle in a manned test area. The only thing the passenger needs to do is to select a destination.

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"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. Only time will tell whether there is any genuine cause for alarm in these trials, but Easy Ride will be monitored remotely, and support multiple languages for tourists in an effort to keep every user safe.

As per the report, Yutaka Sanada, a Nissan senior vice president, said the firm is aiming to add autonomous-driving functions step-by-step, first allowing more cars to handle single-lane driving by themselves, and subsequently navigate urban roads, including intersections, by 2020.

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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.

Nissan, DeNA unveil Easy Ride robo-vehicle mobility service in Japan