The Nissan and Renault alliance will be joining the race to provide automated shared rides, but it won’t be anytime soon.

These self-driving car rides will be based on its electric cars – which could include the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe – but the self-driving cars and mobility services will come after 2020, and “certainly within 10 years,” said Ogi Redzic, head of Nissan-Renault’s connected vehicles and mobility services division.

Testing has already started, though. Redzic said that testing by the two companies already has begun.

One decision made has been that the mobility service will be running on pre-mapped courses for pick-up and drop-off locations set at beginning of the ride.

Other partners have already been brought in – Japanese game software maker DeNA Co. and French public transport operator Transdev SA.

That indicates the automated, electric rides will be starting in Renault’s home country of France.

One reason it won’t be coming to market his year is the regulatory structure governing autonomous vehicles. Redzic thinks regulations in markets around the world will need to change to allow self-driving cars on roads. Regulations are still governing the test phase now with drivers ready to take over the automated car.

Nissan Renault is looking forward to fully autonomous vehicles to be allowed on roads for this new business unit to work.

“It doesn’t just depend on us,” he said. “To become fully driverless you need laws to change.”

Testing the technology certainly takes a few years, but there are plans in the works.

Ride-hailing firm Lyft is working with one of its owners, General Motors, to try out autonomous Chevy Bolts.

Ford plans to roll out autonomous shared rides in the next few years.

BMW is now testing automated cars for use in ride-hailing services.

Tesla has plans to make its fully autonomous vehicles available for Tesla owners who want to make side income renting out their EVs to ride-hailing drivers.

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Prior to its recent wave of internal strife, ride-hailing giant Uber put in a lot of hours testing autonomous rides with passengers. It main competitor, Lyft, is forging alliances beyond GM, with alliances being forged recently with Waymo and nuTonomy.

Goldman Sachs thinks automated rides will be five times the size of the taxi market by 2030. That is a few years out.

New York Times