Nissan's driverless 'robo-taxi' hits the streets

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Nissan's driverless 'robo-taxi' hits the streets

In Japan, Nissan and DeNA will face competition from ZMP Inc, a Japanese robotics maker, which is working by collaborating with Tokyo taxi operator to develop a self-driving taxi service and hopes to have up and running during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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

Based on the objectives, customers can choose recommended local destinations and sightseeing routes.

Nissan will build Tow Leaf Electric Car having sensors and camera along with autonomous driving program developed by DeNA.

Called Easy Ride, the vehicles will work alongside a mobile app that enables users to hail one of the cars as and when they need one.

This testing process will represent what the two firms say is the first step towards the goal of launching a full-service, on-demand, self-driving taxi service in Japan in the early 2020s.

Plus, Swedish manufacturer Volvo announced its intention to trial self-driving cars on the streets of London earlier this year, The Guardian reports. That's a trip many of us would like to take but only a select few can experience through Nissan's public field test of new robo-vehicle mobility service, Easy Ride.

For customer safety, the partners intend to deploy remote monitoring system and provide multiple language options in the new brand. GM president Dan Ammann said last week that whereas the company now receives around $30,000 over the lifetime of a new vehicle that it sells, that figure could grow to hundreds of thousands of dollars for a self-driving auto used as part of a revenue-generating ride-hailing service.

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

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