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Nissan to begin field-testing robo ridesharing vehicle in 2018

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Eric Tipan / Nissan | December 06, 2017 07:25

Nissan co-develops robotic mobility service with DeNA Co., Ltd.

Ever wondered what it would be like to summon a driverless vehicle and take a ride to your selected destination? That’s a trip many of us would like to take but only a select few can experience through Nissan’s public field test of new robo-vehicle mobility service, Easy Ride.

In partnership with DeNA Co., Ltd., Nissan Motor Company has been working since last year on autonomous driving technology for the ridesharing service.

Using Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision, and data collected on electrified and connected vehicles, plus DeNA’s expertise in the development and operation of driverless mobility services using the Internet and artificial intelligence, both companies are now ready to test their product on the roads of the Minatomirai district of Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan from March 5, 2018, to March 18, 2018.

During the testing, Easy Ride will allow participants to use an app to summon a robo-vehicle to pick them up, take them to their destination of choice and handle payment of the fare. The app will also suggest places of interest and sightseeing routes that can be selected by the user.

A multi-lingual version of the app in under development including a system that will monitor riders and the vehicle to ensure utmost safety. Participants of the field test will be recruited from the Easy ride website from now until January 15, 2018.

This new service is aimed at introducing a new mobility option to complement the area’s current transportation network.