Driverless Nissan Leaf Taxis Will Start Trial In Japan In 2018


Nissan to start run these Leaf Robotaxis as pilot project in Yokohama in March 2018; will pave way for future driverless cars

Nissan is pretty serious about its driverless car project and the brand is gearing up to start running Leaf Robotaxis in Yokohama from March next year. These cars will run as part of Nissan’s pilot project that will help the Japanese car manufacturer to develop autonomous driving technology for future cars.

Nissan has already tied up with several tech companies across the world to develop the autonomous driving technology. As we have already reported, Nissan has partnered with DeNA Co. for the development of its futuristic driverless tech. The Leaf electric vehicles that will run as Robotaxis in Yokohama will be equipped with wide range of sensors and cameras along with autonomous driving software.

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As Nissan aims to launch its driverless cars commercially by 2022, these Leaf Robotaxis are expected to play key role in research and development of the necessary technologies. Nissan is clearly aiming to take on Google’s Waymo and Tesla with its futuristic technology equipped cars. These Nissan Leaf taxis will come with multiple language support and remote monitoring system that will ensure passenger safety.

Using these driverless taxis will be much like booking cab using dedicated mobile app. As Nissan reveals, customers will be able to book these taxis using special mobile app, where they will get option to set destination and pay the fare online. These cars will be equipped with ProPILOT Park system that will help the car to park in tight spots.

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While these cars will come equipped with driverless technology, there will be provision for human interference as well in case of need. These Nissan Leaf taxis will receive new smart e-Pedal system that will automatically accelerate or decelerate, stop the car.

Speaking about the power output of these Nissan Leaf Robotaxis, these cars will be able to churn out 148 bhp of peak power and 320 Nm of peak torque. The battery pack delivering energy to the car’s powertrain will be able to be charged fully in 16 hours and there will be fast charging facility as well, which will allow 80% of the battery to be charged in 40 minutes.