Nissan to launch self-driving cars by 2022

Nissan to launch self-driving cars by 2022

Nissan to launch self-driving cars by 2022

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.

Nissan said on Tuesday, December 5 that it plans to start testing an "Easy Ride" self-driving taxi service on public roads in Yokohama, Japan in March, 2018, with members of the public offered free rides between destinations around the city.

Nissan plans to combine its Intelligent Mobility vision with DeNA's experience in developing and operating driverless mobility services for the development of new Easy Ride brand.

In January 2017, both companies have collaborated to develop a new mobility based on an autonomous driving technology. This will be an open test and will start next year, reports Sina. The carmaker will put two Leaf electric cars, equipped with sensors and cameras and autonomous driving software developed by DeNA Co.

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Competing with Nissan to build an autonomous ride-hailing service in Japan is local robotics firm ZMP, which has partnered with a Tokyo taxi operator to develop driverless cabs that it wants to have ready for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Automotive driverless technology has been a hot research and development project for auto makers and technology companies for some time now and is not only because of its emerging automotive industry, but also because the sophisticated robotics algorithms in driverless cars can better ensure that passengers and drivers avoid unnecessary traffic accidents while driving. Customers can use a mobile app to complete the total process ranging from setting destinations and mobilizing vehicles to pay the fee. The only thing the passenger needs to do is to select a destination.

This new service is aimed at introducing a new mobility option to complement the area's current transportation network. Google's Waymo driverless vehicle completed its test in Arizona this year. The test service, named Easy Ride, will last two weeks, the companies said in a joint statement. Please share your opinion in the comment section below.

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