Autonomous Nissan LEAFs Start Easy Ride Trials

MAR 12 2018 BY MARK KANE 4

Nissan and DeNA are launching the Easy Ride robo-vehicle mobility service trial in Japan, using fully autonomous electric cars.

Nissan and DeNA to start Easy Ride robo-vehicle mobility service trial

The field test started on March 5 in the Minatomirai district of Yokohama, in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture with LEAF and e-NV200.

It will be the first time when users will be able to order the vehicle using  an app and wll be driven autonomously to the destination, although in the beginning servicesw will be limited to particular routes.

Full service will be available in the early 2020s, so taxi drivers have maybe two years to find a new job, it seems.

The cool thing about the Easy Ride is that it seems to accept all major languages and can propose places to visit.

“Easy Ride is envisioned as a mobility service for anyone who wants to travel freely to their destination of choice in a robo-vehicle. During the field test, in the Minatomirai district of Yokohama, in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture, the participants will be able to travel in vehicles equipped with autonomous driving technology along a set route. The route spans about 4.5 kilometers between Nissan’s global headquarters and the Yokohama World Porters shopping center.

Nissan and DeNA to start Easy Ride robo-vehicle mobility service trial

For efficient fleet operation and customers’ peace of mind, Nissan and DeNA have set up a remote monitoring center that uses the two companies’ advanced technologies.

Nissan and DeNA will also test Easy Ride’s unique service functions. Using a dedicated mobile app, passengers can input what they want to do via text or voice and choose from a list of recommended destinations. An in-car tablet screen will show selections of nearly 500 recommended places of interest and events in the vicinity. Additionally, about 40 discount coupons for retailers and restaurants in the area are available for download on the participants’ own smartphones.

Participants will be asked to complete a survey about their overall user experience, usage of content and coupons from local retailers and restaurants, and preferred pricing for the Easy Ride service. Nissan and DeNA will use the survey results as they continue to develop the offering, and for future field tests.

Nissan and DeNA to start Easy Ride robo-vehicle mobility service trial

The field test will enable Nissan and DeNA to learn from the experience of operating the Easy Ride service trial with public participation, as both companies look toward future commercial endeavors. Nissan and DeNA will also work to develop service designs for driverless environments, expanded service routes, vehicle distribution logic, pick-up/drop-off processes and multilingual support. The companies aim to launch Easy Ride in a limited environment at first, and then introduce a full service in the early 2020s.

With customers able to discover new local destinations, the companies expect Easy Ride will also help energize cities and neighborhoods.”

See Also – GM To Go Large-Scale With Self-Driving Cars In U.S. In 2019

Nissan and DeNA to start Easy Ride robo-vehicle mobility service trial

Nissan and DeNA to start Easy Ride robo-vehicle mobility service trial

Nissan and DeNA to start Easy Ride robo-vehicle mobility service trial

Nissan and DeNA to start Easy Ride robo-vehicle mobility service trial

Nissan and DeNA to start Easy Ride robo-vehicle mobility service trial

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4 Comments on "Autonomous Nissan LEAFs Start Easy Ride Trials"

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Alaa

How much is it per km?

DJ

And people wonder how/why Tesla isn’t rated in the top quadrant of self driving companies.

When you’ve got companies actually offering up services like this, and pulling it off, I don’t know how it could be anything else. Heck, last year they had an autonomous semi deliver fridges from Texas to CA and now you’ve got other companies about to do something very similar.

Tesla probably has the most amount of data but with the hardware they have I guess it’s just not enough to quite get there (yet).

Will

Is it me or the gen 1 leaf with that paint scheme looks hot

Reaf

+1
That Gen 1 looks really cool with the two tone and the aero parts.