Nissan shows its driverless car prototype

Nissan shows its driverless car prototype

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By Nick Flaherty

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Nissan is demonstrating a prototype vehicle equipped with its in-house-developed, autonomous drive technologies.

The self-driving prototype is based on the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle with 14 cameras, 10 radars and 6 LIDAR sensors.

Nissan to roll out driverless car service in Japan

Compared to earlier prototypes the company has demonstrated, the latest test vehicle features an array of roof-mounted sensors, significantly expanding the detection area and enabling more accurate detection of its surroundings.

As a result, recognition performance, behavioural prediction, and judgment functions, as well as control functions have been enhanced. It has been tested on the streets of Yokohama, close to Nissan’s global headquarters in Japan.

Nissan has been studying business models for future mobility services since 2017, including trials on public roads in London. While the current demonstration is being conducted at SAE Level 2 equivalent with a safety driver present, the company aims to continue to expand functionality and to begin offering autonomous-drive mobility services within Japan, starting in 2027, working with third parties such as local authorities and transport operators.

Nissan aims to begin trials in the Minato Mirai area by the end of this year, and plans to progress to service demonstration tests in 2025. During the trials, the level of autonomous driving functionality will be gradually increased while assessing customer acceptance, with the aim to provide driverless services.


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