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Nissan starts testing semi-autonomous rides

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In the future Nissan envisions, driverless cars will pick up children from school and recommend restaurants to tourists in various languages.

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Nissan Motor Co. says feedback from people who try it will be used to fine-tune its "robo-vehicle mobility service."

The automaker said that 300 people have already signed up to try out Easy Ride next month. The Japanese automaker hopes to roll it out as a commercial service in the early 2020s. Details, including pricing, are undecided.

The service was developed in a partnership, which began last year, with Japanese mobile game provider DeNA Co. DeNA has been working on driverless bus and delivery services in Japan.

For now, Easy Ride will be limited to a 4.5-kilometer (2.8-mile) course that starts from Nissan headquarters and winds through a shopping mall area in this port city.

The app is only in Japanese, but there are plans to offer it in several languages for tourists and other travelers.

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