Nissan planning self driving trial in March

  • Nissan planning self driving trial in March

Nissan planning self driving trial in March

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.

Tech Crunch reports that the carmaker is working with Japanese software maker DeNA to create the autonomous ride-hailing service which will be trialled on Japanese Roads.

Using Nissan's Intelligent Mobility vision, and data collected on electrified and connected vehicles, plus DeNA's expertise in the development and operation of driverless mobility services using the Internet and artificial intelligence, both companies are now ready to test their product on the roads of the Minatomirai district of Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan from March 5, 2018, to March 18, 2018.

The two partners didn't reveal details, but is seems that the jointly developed service will rely on self-driving, fully autonomous electric cars. 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.

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

Easy Ride is a robo-vehicle for customers who intend to travel freely to their destination. Participants of the field test will be recruited from the Easy ride website from now until January 15, 2018. Nissan and DeNA plan to support multiple languages and to use a remote monitoring system to ensure customer safety.

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

Nissan and DeNA aim to provide the service as a new infrastructure option that supplements existing transportation. "With customers able to discover new local destinations through Easy Ride, the companies expect the service will also help energize cities and neighborhoods".