Cars are becoming much more than a transportation method. With future technology, their role in society will dramatically evolve. Electrification, connectivity and autonomous driving are proving to be engines this transformation.
The Alliance aims to become a key operator of robo-vehicle ride-hailing mobility services and a major player and provider of vehicles for public transit use and car-sharing by the end of 2022. We aim to realize new services to offer people more choices for mobility and new experiences that go beyond driving their own car.
In Japan, we have a partnership with Japanese internet company DeNA. Nissan and DeNA began field tests of Easy Ride, robo-vehicle ride hailing service, in Japan. The first test was done in March 2018 in the Minatomirai district of Yokohama, in Japan's Kanagawa Prefecture, with public participation in order to study operating process and business scheme. After field test phase, Nissan and DeNA plan to begin a service in a limited environment at first, and then introduce a full service in the early 2020s.
In France, with Transdev, we jointly explore development of mobility services with fleets of electric driverless vehicles for public and on-demand transportation. The research will initially include field tests in Paris-Saclay with Renault ZOEs and Transdev’s on-demand dispatch, supervision and routing platform.
In China, in February 2018 we has signed a memorandum of understanding with DiDi Chuxing (‘DiDi’), the leading Chinese mobile transportation platform, to explore future business cooperation on a new electric vehicle car-sharing program in the People’s Republic of China.