Nissan’s Self-Driving Taxi Ready hit the Road


Nissan will start testing its self-driving taxi service Easy Ride in a few days in hopes of launching it in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

The automaker and Tokyo-based mobile developer DeNA will begin ferrying passengers in Yokohama on March 5th. Nissan’s autonomous cars will only be able to drive them along a set route, a 2.8-mile-long stretch of road between Nissan’s HQ and the Yokohama World Porters shopping center. But they’ll at least be able to give the Easy Ride app’s features a try during their trip.

Passengers will be able to tell the app via text or voice what activity they want to do while in the area. The car’s built-in tablet screen will then show them recommendations, including places of interests and event. Sure, you could look all those up on your own, but the Easy Ride system can hook you up with coupons from the retailers and restaurants it recommended.

You’ll also be asked to rate your experience and how much you’ll be willing to pay for a ride like it in the future.


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