BY CRM Staff
Tokyo, Japan -- October 27, 2017 -- Nissan has demonstrated a prototype of its most advanced autonomous vehicle, and announced that it plans to launch the car for real-world use in 2020.
The company tested the next generation ProPILOT technology on a modified INFINITI Q50 sports sedan on public roads in Tokyo. 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 (AI) uses input from 12 sonars, 12 cameras, nine millimetre-wave radars, six laser scanners and a high-definition map to analyze complex scenarios in real time and navigate smoothly through challenging city conditions - such as crossing busy intersections.
A statement from Nissan said: “These hardware upgrades, along with software improvements, also ensure smooth transitions when encountering obstacles in the road. This results in a human-like driving feel that gives passengers piece of mind.”
“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, zero-emission Nissan LEAF, equipped with ProPILOT technology that enables single-lane autonomous driving on highways
The current generation Nissan LEAF Acenta has been named ‘Best EV’ in the 2017 Auto Express Used Car Awards. It's the second year in a row that the Nissan LEAF has been recognised in the awards, having won ‘Best Used Green Car’ in 2016.
More information about Nissan can be found at Nissan.ca.