Nissan to test robo-taxi in Japan

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Automaker Nissan plans to test self-driving taxis on the streets of japan by March of next year.

The company is working with the Japanese software company DeNA, which operates the online services for the gaming, healthcare and the automotive sector.

The adaptation of a Nissan Leaf electric car, that the passengers to summon the use of an app.

Nissan joins the growing group of automakers to test self-drive cars, including General Motors and Volvo.

The free trials will take place over a period of two weeks in the month of March in Yokohama.

The Easy Ride system could be launched in Japan at the beginning of 2020.

“With more freedom of mobility’ as its concept, Easy Ride is designed as a service for those who want to travel freely to their destination of choice, with a robo vehicle, Nissan said in a statement.

“The goal is to allow our customers to use a dedicated mobile app to complete the entire process, from the creation of destinations and the calling of the vehicles to pay the ticket.”The Tokyo Olympics

During the tests, there will be a staff member in the driver’s seat to comply with the laws of japan.

The clients, who can apply from today until the 15th of January, it is possible to select local destinations and tour routes.

In the meantime, the Japanese robotics maker ZMP the work of the Tokyo taxi operator to develop self-driving taxis for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Elsewhere, Uber is working on its own car service and, in November, has signed an agreement with Volvo for the purchase of up to 24,000 cars.

And Waymo, owned by Google, the parent company, Alphabet, is planning to test autonomous cars with no human safety driver.