Nissan has unveiled to the media its real-world testing of next generation autonomous drive prototype vehicles taking place in the east of London.
It is the first time Nissan has demonstrated its latest autonomous drive technology on public roads in Europe – the company has already conducted public-road testing in Japan and the United States to pursue easy-to-use autonomous drive technology in real life situations.
Participants in the passenger and rear seats were given the opportunity to experience the technology, which included millimeter wave radar, laser scanners, cameras, high-speed computer chips, and a specialised HMI (Human Machine Interface). All of this, says Nissan, helps allow the vehicle to operate in an autonomous manner on both highway and city/urban roads once the destination points are entered into the navigation system.
“Innovation and ingenuity is at the heart of the Nissan brand and its people,” said Takao Asami, senior vice president, Research and Advanced Engineering at Nissan. “This test of Nissan’s forthcoming autonomous drive technology in the demanding conditions of London streets underlines our commitment to delivering Nissan Intelligent Mobility to our customers.”
The London test follows recent announcements that both the updated Qashqai and the new Nissan LEAF will be equipped with ProPILOT autonomous drive technology to enable single lane autonomous driving on motorways.