Nissan to commercialise autonomous-drive mobility services in Japan by 2027

Nissan, which aims to solve transportation challenges such as driver shortages as a result of an ageing population in Japan, will begin trials in the Minato Mirai area this year.

Autocar Pro News Desk By Autocar Pro News Desk calendar 28 Feb 2024 Views icon3284 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

Nissan Motor Co today announced its roadmap to commercialise its inhouse-developed, autonomous-drive mobility services, at an SAE Level 4 equivalent, in Japan.

This, it says, is a significant step towards its long-term vision, Nissan Ambition 2030, to empower mobility by solving transportation service issues faced by local communities in Japan. Local communities in Japan have been facing several mobility challenges, such as driver shortages, which are a result of an ageing population. With this service, Nissan will provide a broad range of new services that enable free movement.

Nissan has been testing business models for mobility services in Japan and abroad since 2017. These vicinities include the Minato Mirai area of Yokohama and Namie town, Fukushima Prefecture, where a manned mobility service called Namie Smart Mobility has been in operation since 2021. Outside Japan, Nissan has been testing autonomous-drive mobility in London and other areas with the support of the UK government.

Equipped with this knowledge, Nissan plans to begin offering autonomous-drive mobility services starting in fiscal year 2027, working with third parties such as local authorities and transport operators. Nissan will begin trials in the Minato Mirai area in fiscal 2024, and eventually scale up the trials the following fiscal year. During the trials, the level of autonomous driving will be gradually enhanced while assessing customer acceptance, with the aim to provide driverless services.

Between 2025 and 2026, the carmaker will conduct service demonstration tests in the Yokohama area, including Minato Mirai, Sakuragi-cho and Kannai, with a total of 20 vehicles (with a driver on board). In 2027, it plans to start providing services in three to four municipalities, including rural areas, with tens of vehicles.

 

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