Nissan and Renault plan to launch driverless ride-hailing and ride-sharing services over the next decade, according to a Reuters report.
The car companies are seeking to capitalise on automated driving technologies to develop new mobility services and take advantage of growth in car sharing in urban centres.
According to Reuters, Ogi Redzic, head of Nissan-Renault’s Connected Vehicles and Mobility Services division, said the alliance would begin self-driving services based on its electric cars “certainly within 10 years,” though not likely before 2020.
“We think that the big opportunity for us is in automation, electric vehicles and ride-sharing and hailing together,” Redzic said.
According to the report, the two are testing self-driving vehicles and any new service would run on pre-mapped courses with predetermined pick-up and drop-off points.
Tier 1 components supplier Delphi recently announced plans – working with a partner – to begin a ride hail service on a pre-defined route with stations for vehicle pick-up and drop-off.