Nissan to launch self-driving cars by 2022

Cesar Mills
December 8, 2017

Nissan and DeNA started a technical field test using an autonomous vehicle this year.

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

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.

The project combines Nissan's Intelligent Mobility technology, which ensures the robot auto navigates roads safely, with DeNA's experience in developing and operating self-driving mobility services using its experience in artificial intelligence and the internet.

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Prior to this, Nissan also developed a semi-autonomous pilot system called Propilot that allows cars to drive single-lane autopilot on the freeway.

Competing with Nissan to build an autonomous ride-hailing service in Japan is local robotics firm ZMP, which has partnered with a Tokyo taxi operator to develop driverless cabs that it wants to have ready for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Nissan Motor Company is expected to roll out its self-driving cars by 2o22. Customers can use a mobile app to complete the total process ranging from setting destinations and mobilizing vehicles to pay the fee. 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.

However, keep in mind that Nissan hasn't been the only testing self-driving cars. General Motors also spent heavily on acquiring Cruise, a driverless vehicle company. The companies will recruit participants for the March field test until 15 January through the Easy Ride website. If you liked this article and think it may help your friends, consider sharing or tweeting it to your followers. Please share your opinion in the comment section below.

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