Nissan launching self-driving cars by 2022
Nissan Motor Company is expected to launch it’s first ever self-driving cars by 2022. A few days ago, the company announced that it plans to test autonomous cars in the month of March near its headquarters in Yokihama.
It is reported that Nissan will use two of its leaf electric vehicles for the car tests, which are first tested by a major Japanese carmaker firm.
The brand new vehicles of Nissan will be equipped with sensors, cameras and software that will allow them to navigate as per-set routes.
The senior vice president of Yutaka Sanada told that our organization hopes to add self-driving functions step by step. We will first allow more taxies to handle single-lane driving by themselves and then navigate urban roads, including intersections by 2022.
Self-driving cars are coming to Japan
Nissan will be soon launching self-driving taxies to the streets of Japan, aiming to officially start ‘robot taxi’ in early 2020s. It is said that, during the test session a backup driver will sit in the passenger seat in order to keep eye on things. Thus, Nissan is asking public to become volunteers as riders for the trial.
The test is considered to be a part of this new platform that Nissan called it as ‘Easy ride’. It designed in such way that it will allow users to book self-driving cabs and pay for the ride through an app.
Nissan has great ambitions for self-driving and electric cars. Last week General Motors said that it aims to run commercial self-driving car services as early as 2019, which would make it one of the first traditional automaker to do so.
In November, Google’s self-driving division Waymo stated that it planned to start trialling self-driving cars without safety drivers in Arizona, Phoenix in the coming months. Ride-hailing firms such as Uber and China’s Didi Chuxing are also pouring resources into autonomous car technology.
The Nissan plan is part of its partnership with DeNA which is a Japanese high-tech company that helped Nintendo bring its famous Super Mario video game series to smartphones. According to reports, earlier this year, DeNA tested self-driving buses which transport elderly Japanese in rural areas.