Nissan recently announced that its engineers have been conducting “intensive research” on autonomous drive technology “for years.”

So, how advanced is this technology?

Here we see Slashgear riding shotgun in an autonomous Nissan LEAF, which surprisingly seems to do rather well at self-driving.

Nissan insists that its technology won't be ready for primetime until around 2020, but it's clear from this video that the basic autonomous technology already works.

According to Nissan:

“Work is already underway in Japan to build a dedicated autonomous driving proving ground, to be completed by the end of fiscal year 2014. Featuring real townscapes – masonry not mock-ups – it will be used to push vehicle testing beyond the limits possible on public roads to ensure the technology is safe.”

So, there's some advanced testing that lies ahead, but this simple on-road demo shows us that Nissan is well on its way to developing the driverless vehicle.