This initial testing will take place over a 2-week period in the city of Yokohama in March 2018 - whereby riders or pilot participants will be able to use an app developed by DeNA to call for a self-driving Nissan LEAF taxi to pick them up, and then to deliver them to any number of pre-mapped destinations in the city. An earlier version of the technology was tested in London at the start of 2017.
The automaker has been working with local internet and software company DeNA since January this year to develop its driverless technology, which is fitted to modified models of Nissan's Leaf electric auto.
Semi-autonomous driving features such as single-lane diving and auto parking are features that have already been incorporated by Nissan in its Japanese models of its Serena minivan, the X-Trail SUV and the new Leaf electric vehicle.
As technology continues to make public transport faster, more efficient, and more sustainable, vehicle manufacturers are looking for new ways to operate in the evolving mobility market, as Nissan becomes the latest to reveal an autonomous taxi service.
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 has revealed plans to introduce fully autonomous cars in 2022. The only thing the passenger needs to do is to select a destination.
Nissan and DeNA aim to provide the service as a new infrastructure option that supplements existing transportation.
However, keep in mind that Nissan hasn't been the only testing self-driving cars. Nissan's test is nothing new. The test service, named Easy Ride, will last two weeks, the companies said in a joint statement. If you liked this article and think it may help your friends, consider sharing or tweeting it to your followers.