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Nissan to Launch Driverless Ride Service in Japan by 2027, Trials in Yokohama Planned

Nissan plans to launch a small-scale driverless ride service in Japan within three years to address the shortage of taxi drivers. By April 2027, they aim to offer Level 4 autonomous driving services in several Japanese municipalities, including rural areas. The company will first conduct trials in Yokohama using up to 20 remodeled Serena minivans. This move comes as other automakers like Honda, NTT, and Toyota are also advancing their driverless technology. The decision is, in part, prompted by Japan’s aging population. Nissan’s initial trial in Yokohama will operate at Level 2 autonomy with a safety driver onboard.

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