Nissan wants to launch an autonomous taxi service in Japan


Nissan revealed in a statement this Wednesday (28) that it is part of its plans to launch an autonomous taxi service in Japan in the financial year starting in April 2027. The information is from the Tech Xplore website.

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According to the automaker, it should start some tests of the service in April this year. The test would be conducted using minivans in an area of ​​Yokohama, south of Tokyo.

“Local communities have faced several mobility challenges, such as driver shortages resulting from an aging population,” Nissan said in a statement.

Labor shortages and an aging population are already making the Japanese government prioritize autonomous transport technology to improve the country's urban mobility.

Autonomous cars will eventually circulate in the country

  • Some autonomous vehicles have been circulating in the country since last year.
  • Local traffic laws allow “Level 4” autonomous vehicles to operate on public roads in certain circumstances.
  • The vehicle's autonomy is classified on a scale of 0 to 5, with 5 indicating total autonomy for locomotion (which does not yet exist).

On Nissan's side, the desire is to “provide a wide range of new services that enable free movement”, working together with local authorities and transport operators to make the service viable.

The local automaker also states that it has been “testing business models for autonomous mobility services in Japan and abroad since 2017”.

Other vehicle manufacturers had already announced similar plans for Japanese territory. Honda, General Motors and GM's Cruise autonomous driving unit said last year that they will establish a joint venture to launch a driverless transportation service in Japan in early 2026.


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