Nissan To Start Robot Taxi By 2020

Nissan to Test Self Driving Taxis in Japan come March 2018

Nissan Motor Co. says it's aiming to introduce fully autonomous cars to the market in 2022, as the Japanese carmaker strives to establish itself as a front-runner in driverless technologies.

Nissan is planning to start its robot taxi which will be on roads of Japan by March 2020.

Japan will see a self-driving auto service by 2020, called "Easy Ride" the service is powered by Nissan and a technology company DeNa. It is set for a public field test in the Minatomirai district of Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan between 5 March and 18 March 2018. Customers can use a mobile app to complete the total process ranging from setting destinations and mobilizing vehicles to pay the fee. It's noteworthy here, though, that the two companies have actually been performing field testing of their "Easy Ride" system since earlier this year. They will also be able to select recommended local destinations and sightseeing routes, depending on what they want to do. 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.

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While companies continue to pursue development of safe self-driving functions which can ferry riders to their destination of choice, they also face regulatory hurdles, as most global jurisdictions do not expressly authorize vehicles to operate on regular roads without a driver. It has a maximum output of 147hp and a torque of 236 lb-ft. The test service known as Easy Ride will be open for 2 weeks.

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