Nissan planning self driving trial in March

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Nissan & DeNA To Begin Public Self-Driving Taxi Service Testing In Japan In 2018

It is set for a public field test in the Minatomirai district of Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan between 5 March and 18 March 2018.

In partnership with DeNA Co., Ltd., Nissan Motor Company has been working since past year on autonomous driving technology for the ridesharing service.

The companies say they are aiming to combine the Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision through technological assets in autonomous driving, vehicle electrification and connected cars, with DeNA using its expertise in the internet and artificial intelligence to develope and operate driverless mobility services. The carmaker will put two Leaf electric cars, equipped with sensors and cameras and autonomous driving software developed by DeNA Co.

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 auto automatically choose a relevant destination.

Easy Ride is a robo-vehicle for customers who intend to travel freely to their destination.

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Customers can also select recommended local destinations and sightseeing routes depending on their objectives.

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

Elsewhere, DeNA has also been working on the rollout of self-driving shuttle buses in ritual communities - with the idea being that such services could be used to provide transportation for elderly residents in such locations.

Image: The partnership will recruit participants for a field test of the Easy Ride mobility service in Yokohama.

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