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Nissan to begin field tests for 'robo-taxis'

07 Décembre 2017

In Japan, Nissan and DeNA will face competition from Japanese robotics maker ZMP Inc, which is working with a Tokyo taxi operator to develop a self-driving taxi service it hopes to have up and running during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Japanese vehicle giant Nissan has announced it will begin testing autonomous "robo-taxis" in Yokohama from March. 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. This test will be a relatively short one and is expected to span two weeks from the 5th of March, 2018 until the 18th of March, 2018 where it will be conducted in the Minatomirai district of Yokohama, Japan.

It comments that one of the more interesting aspects of Nissan's test is that users will be able to not only specify exactly where they want to go, but also use general written queries like "I want to eat pancakes" and have the vehicle automatically choose a relevant destination.

When Google's parent company announced that it was set to trial autonomous ride-sharing on the roads of Arizona, there were fears for pedestrian and passenger safety.

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Nissan has informed that during the test, driver will sit behind the steering wheel but the vehicle will be driven by the program developed.

The duo, which have been conducting field tests of their "Easy Ride" system since joining hands earlier this year, said the tests were the first step towards their goal of launching a full-service, self-driving ride-sharing service in the country in the early 2020s.

This new service is aimed at introducing a new mobility option to complement the area's current transportation network. With customers able to discover new local destinations through Easy Ride, the companies expect the service will also help energise cities and neighbourhoods.

Nissan to begin field tests for 'robo-taxis'