Nissan has launched a real-life, on-road, autonomous vehicle tests in London; which are the very first test grounds for the Japanese manufacturer in Europe.

A specially equipped Nissan LEAF (previously demonstrated in Japan and U.S.) was able to deal with city traffic at speeds of up to 50 mph.

Tetsuya Iijima, General Manager, Autonomous Drive Development at Nissan

Tetsuya Iijima, General Manager, Autonomous Drive Development at Nissan

"Participants in the passenger and rear seats were given the opportunity to experience the technology, which consists of millimeter wave radar, laser scanners, cameras, high-speed computer chips, and a specialized HMI (Human Machine Interface), just to name a few.

All of this helps allow the vehicle to operate in an autonomous manner on both highway and city/urban roads including runabouts once the destination points are entered into the navigation system."

Similar demonstrations are now also expected in some other countries like Netherlands and France.

Nissan annocuned that ProPILOT autonomous drive technology (initially enabling single lane autonomous driving on motorways) in the near future to be used in updated Qashqai and the new Nissan LEAF which debuts in September, and will be available worldwide by the end of 2017 (details).

In Japan ProPILOT already is offered in Nissan Serena.

By 2020 Nissan aims in autonomous driving most situations:

"A multi-lane autonomous driving technology will enable automatic lane changes on highways and is planned for introduction in 2018 while autonomous driving on urban roads and in intersections is planned for launch in 2020."

Takao Asami, Senior Vice President, Research and Advanced Engineering at Nissan, said:

“Innovation and ingenuity is at the heart of the Nissan brand and its people. 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.”

Nissan - 4 stages of autonomous drive

Nissan - 4 stages of autonomous drive

Nissan LEAF's autonomous drive demonstration event – London

Nissan LEAF's autonomous drive demonstration event – London

Nissan Intelligent Mobility

The world is facing serious challenges such as climate change, traffic congestion, road fatalities and increasing air pollution. Nissan is committed to addressing these challenges by making transportation safer, smarter, and more enjoyable, with the ultimate goal of achieving zero-emissions and zero-fatalities on the road. Nissan Intelligent Mobility is the roadmap to achieve it.

Guided by the vision of mobility for all, Nissan is implementing these innovations by bringing them from luxury segments to compact high volume models and ensuring everyone has access to the benefits. Nissan is making cars exciting partners for all of our customers.

Nissan Intelligent Mobility encompasses three core areas of innovation

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Nissan LEAF's autonomous drive demonstration event – London

Nissan LEAF's autonomous drive demonstration event – London

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