The two companies join a growing number of global vehicle makers and tech firms leveraging automated driving technology into new mobility services.
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. 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.
Nissan is planning to start its robot taxi which will be on roads of Japan by March 2020. The carmaker will put two Leaf electric cars, equipped with sensors and cameras and autonomous driving software developed by DeNA Co.
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.
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.
Based on the objectives, customers can choose recommended local destinations and sightseeing routes. 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.
Image: The partnership will recruit participants for a field test of the Easy Ride mobility service in Yokohama.