Nissan to test their self-driving auto service in Japan 2018

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Pic Getty Images Carmaker Nissan plans to test self-driving taxis on Japanese roads from March next year

Nissan said a driver will sit behind the steering wheel during the test, though the vehicles will handle the driving mostly by themselves.

The report says Nissan will start with two Leaf vehicles modified with autonomous vehicle sensors and compute on roads, with staff actively monitoring pick up and drop-off locations, and an open application for participation in the test program available to the public.

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 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.

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Automotive driverless technology has been a hot research and development project for vehicle 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. And the APP cannot only enable users to set a destination, but also provide passengers information about nearby restaurants, hotels and other service information, allowing users to set driving directions.

Nissan and DeNA said they would hold public tests over a two-week period in Yokohama in March, under which riders can use an app developed by DeNA to summon self-driving versions of Nissan's Leaf electric cars to travel to pre-mapped destinations and pay fares.

Nissan and DeNA aim to provide the service as a new infrastructure option that supplements existing transportation. Nissan's test is nothing new. Participants of the field test will be recruited from the Easy ride website from now until January 15, 2018. If you liked this article and think it may help your friends, consider sharing or tweeting it to your followers.

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