Nissan, DeNA unveil Easy Ride robo-vehicle mobility service in Japan


In January 2017, both companies have collaborated to develop a new mobility based on an autonomous driving technology.

The carmaker plans 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, said Yutaka Sanada, a Nissan senior vice-president, at Bloomberg's Year Ahead Asia conference in Jakarta.

Japan will see a self-driving auto service by 2020, called "Easy Ride" the service is powered by Nissan and a technology company DeNa. This test will be a relatively short one and is expected to span two weeks from the 5th of March, 2018 until the 18th of March, 2018 where it will be conducted in the Minatomirai district of Yokohama, Japan. Participants of the field test will be recruited from the Easy ride website from now until January 15, 2018.

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.

Customers will also be able to select recommended local destinations and sightseeing routes should they be tourists, Nissan said.

A multi-lingual version of the app in under development including a system that will monitor riders and the vehicle to ensure utmost safety.

Nissan has informed that during the test, driver will sit behind the steering wheel but the vehicle will be driven by the program developed.