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Nissan, DeNA unveil Easy Ride robo-vehicle mobility service in Japan

ABR Staff Writer Published 06 December 2017

Japanese automaker Nissan Motor and DeNA have unveiled a new robo-vehicle mobility service, Easy Ride, in Japan.

In January 2017, both companies have collaborated to develop a new mobility based on an autonomous driving technology.

The partners plan to carry out a public field test of the new Easy Ride mobility service in March next year.

The test will take place between 5 and 8 March in the Minatomirai district of Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Nissan plans to combine its Intelligent Mobility vision with DeNA’s experience in developing and operating driverless mobility services for the development of new Easy Ride brand.

Easy Ride is a robo-vehicle for customers who intend to travel freely to their destination. Customers can use a mobile app to complete the total process ranging from setting destinations and mobilizing vehicles to pay the fee.

Based on the objectives, customers can choose recommended local destinations and sightseeing routes.

For customer safety, the partners intend to deploy remote monitoring system and provide multiple language options in the new brand.

The companies, which began a technical field test using an autonomous vehicle this year, will recruit participants for the March field test until January.

In September this year, Nissan has unveiled a longer-range version of its Leaf electric vehicle (EV).

The new model of the electric vehicle will be launched in the US in all the 50 states, early next year.

The vehicle offers a driving range of 150 miles. It has a maximum output of 147hp and a torque of 236 lb-ft.

Image: The partnership will recruit participants for a field test of the Easy Ride mobility service in Yokohama. Photo: courtesy of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.