Image: Easy Ride press kit

Nissan is attempting to become a market leader in driverless technology with a goal of introducing fully autonomous cars in the next five years. By 2022, the car maker hopes to have self-driving cars on the market.

Yutaka Sanada, a senior vice president at Nissan, explained that the autonomous technology would be added step-by-step. Some Nissan models already have semi-autonomous features, such as single-lane driving and auto parking. This technology will be developed to handle urban roads and intersections by 2020. Nissan have already seen some of their semi-autonomous models gaining popularity in Japan.

Nissan have some big competition in the form of Google’s Waymo and Tesla in the race to dominate the industry. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Waymo is leading the pack due to number of miles driven autonomously.

The Japanese manufacturer is also looking to use its newly developed technology to facilitate “robot taxi” rides. On Tuesday, Nissan announced that an autonomous taxi service will be tested on public roads in Yokohama, Japan next March. This is part of the Easy Ride project developed by Nissan and DeNA Co. Two Nissan Leafs, equipped with autonomous driving software, will be put on the roads with members of the public encouraged to take part in the trial. They will be able to book and manage their ride via an app on their smartphones. There will be a driver behind the wheel for the two week test but the cars are expected to drive by themselves.

In a joint statement, Nissan and DeNA said they ‘aim to combine the Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision, through technical assets in autonomous driving, vehicle electrification and connected cars, with DeNA’s experience in developing and operating driverless mobility services using its expertise in the internet and artificial intelligence’.






Everything you need to know about the new MOT

There are some important changes to the Ministry of Transport test, or MOT, coming into force in May 2018. This might be a cause for concern for some drivers, especially those who own a diesel. For some, it will mean that their car won’t need an MOT...

Tesla’s new pay plan for Elon Musk could make him richest person in the world

...or he could go home with nothing for 10 years’ work.   Tesla has put together a highly ambitious incentive scheme for their founder and chief executive. He could become the world’s richest person, taking home shares worth around a jaw-dropping $55bn -...

Ferrari plans to build an electric supercar

Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer at Ferrari, has said that the race-car maker will build an electric supercar to challenge Tesla at the luxury end of the electric vehicle market. “If there is an electric supercar to be built, then Ferrari will be...

New VW MicroBus to use AI technology

Image: I.D. Buzz concept Nvidia has announced that Volkswagen has been added to its growing list of partners. The Silicon Valley Company estimates that more than 320 companies now use its self-driving technology, including Uber, Tesla, and Audi. At CES...

Self-drive start-up Aurora partners with VW and Hyundai

Image: Hyundai Press Office Aurora Innovation is a Pittsburgh-based start-up focused on self-driving technology. The three founders have impressive CVs which cite experience at Waymo, Tesla, and Uber. Partnerships with both Volkswagen and Hyundai were...
Share This