Nissan test fully autonomous prototype ahead of 2020 roll out
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Nissan has demonstrated a prototype of its most advanced autonomous driving technology, planned for real-world use from 2020, on public roads in Tokyo.
Nissan tested the next-generation ProPILOT technology on a modified Infiniti Q50 sports sedan. The technology enables the vehicle to operate autonomously on urban roads and freeways, beginning when the driver selects a destination using the navigation system, until arrival.
The prototype’s artificial intelligence uses input from 12 sonars, 12 cameras, nine millimeter-wave radars, six laser scanners and a high-definition map to analyse complex scenarios in real time and navigate through challenging city conditions – such as crossing busy intersections.
“Ingenuity is at the heart of everything we do at Nissan,” said Takao Asami, Nissan’s senior vice president in charge of research and advanced engineering.
“Our next-generation ProPILOT prototype showcases technology that will be available for real world use from 2020.
“Today’s demonstration is another example of our successful work toward creating an autonomous driving future for all.”
The demonstration follows the recent launch of the new Nissan Leaf, equipped with ProPILOT technology that enables single-lane autonomous driving on highways.