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March 4, 2024

Nissan Plans To Commercialize Driverless Ride Hailing Services In Japan

Nissan plans to offer autonomous-drive mobility services starting in 2027. Working with local Japanese authorities and transport operators, the plan is to offer the driverless ride hailing services in about three to four municipalities in Japan (including rural areas) with tens of vehicles.

Currently, Nissan is offering a manned mobility service called Namie Smart Mobility which was has been in operation since 2021 in Namie town in Fukushima. It has also been testing the concept around the Minato Mirai area of Yokohama.

This year, Nissan will start trials in the Minato Mirai area of autonomous drive ride hailing services using a Serena-based MPV in order to gauge customer acceptance. A year later (2025-2026), demonstrations will be expanded to cover not just Minato Mirai but also Sakuragi-cho and Kannai, with a total of 20 vehicles (with a driver on board). If everything goes well, Nissan will commercialize autonomous ride hailing services by 2027.

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