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Nissan to Test Robot Taxis, Aims to Begin Service in Early 2020s

  • Company to test robot taxis with DeNA in Yokohama next year
  • Nissan to use two Leaf electric cars, invite public to ride
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Questioning Safety on the Road to Driverless Cars

Nissan Motor Co. said it will test an autonomous ride-hailing service on public roads in Japan in March, aiming to officially start the “robot taxi” rides in the early 2020s.

The carmaker will put two Leaf electric cars, equipped with sensors and cameras and autonomous driving software developed by DeNA Co., on roads in a designated part of Yokohama, where Nissan is based. Nissan will seek the general public to participate as passengers, through a booking application on smartphones, said Kazumasa Fujita, a manager at Nissan’s corporate strategy department.