On 5 January at CES in Las Vegas, Nissan announced a partnership with DeNA where the two would begin testing a completely autonomous driving system.

This announcement detailed one more facet of the Renault-Nissan Alliance where Nissan will begin working with DeNA on developing a completely autonomous driving system. As for the first step in the project, the company will begin intensive research and development on autonomous driving technology in a specific area of Japan, continuing on into 2020 by which time the company hopes to be testing mobility service technologies within the capital area of the nation.

As a base for testing, the companies will be using EVs built with all of Nissan’s auto manufacturing knowhow and utilizing the latest in driving technology. DeNa will take on the role of constructing an IT system for use with the mobility service as well as providing technology for testing with online and mobile users.

Nissan and DeNA are currently engaged in building up the necessary capital for these joint efforts into testing as well as system functionality development. Over the course of the next four years, in addition to getting results from autonomous driving testing on actual streets under their collective belt, the companies are planning to make great strides through continuous improvements and reinforcement of joint technologies.

A Nissan representative commented that “We’ve been engaged in autonomous driving testing in various regions, but in terms of announcing plans to develop completely autonomous driving systems, this is a first for us.”

[Translated by Bryce Clarke]