Nissan is preparing to hit the streets of Japan in its ‘Piloted Drive 1.0’ autonomous car project for the first time.
As with all autonomous car projects, Piloted Drive aims to eliminate human error from the process of driving and Part 1.0 is the next step in achieving that goal.
Drivers in Japan will soon be able witness the Leaf test car driving itself during periods of maximum congestion. And it won’t be long before this technology is available to buyers, with Nissan aiming to take it to the marketplace by the end of next year.
By 2018, Nissan plans on a Piloted Drive system capable of autonomous lane-changes on multi-lane highways, and the system should be able to negotiate complex intersections by 2020.
To operate autonomously, the Leaf test car is equipped with a millimetre wave radar, laser scanners, an eight-way 360 degree camera system, high-speed computer processors and more.
"We at Nissan are setting clear goals and preparing for the implementation of piloted drive," Nissan’s Takao Asami said.
"The prototype that we're introducing is proof of how close we are towards the realisation of this goal. Nissan aspires for a safe and trouble-free motoring future, and we plan on leading the industry in the implementation of piloted drive."
Nissan said Piloted Drive’s combination of technical features will give passengers the impression that they are in “the hands of a skilled driver”.
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