Nissan Demonstrates ProPilot Autonomous Technology At G7 Summit

MAY 27 2016 BY MARK KANE 21

Nissan recently demonstrated its approach to autonomous driving at the Ise-Shima G7 Summit in Japan.

Nissan ProPilot LEAF prototype at Ise-Shima G7 summit in Japan

Nissan ProPilot LEAF prototype at Ise-Shima G7 summit in Japan

A special prototype LEAF has be outfitted with Nissan’s future Autopilot ProPilot technology, which the company announced will be included in the production model later this year in Japan, and into the European and US models thereafter.

ProPilot 1.0 (check out full video on the swanky new tech below) will enable use in congested highway traffic conditions.

“The Nissan autonomous drive road session was one of a number of events planned during the Japan-hosted G7 Summit on May 26 and 27. The prototype vehicle, based on the Nissan LEAF, a 100% electric vehicle, was equipped with special features such as a millimeter wave radar, laser scanners, cameras, and a specialized HMI (Human Machine Interface) to support autonomous driving.”

The first two innovative functionalities are:

  • a miniature, high-spec laser scanner that determines the distance between the vehicle and its surroundings, through three-dimensional measurement, enabling navigation in tight spaces.
  • an eight-way, 360-degree view camera system for accurate routing decisions at both intersections and on sharp curving roads.

Multi-lane driving for public use is still a full model year off for Nissan, but the company still holds 2020 as the year more fully autonomous driving will hit the public consciousness:

“By 2018, the company plans to implement a multiple-lane, ProPilot autonomous drive technology that allows highway lane change, while by 2020, the new technology will facilitate driving on urban roads, including intersections.”

Nissan ProPilot LEAF prototype at Ise-Shima G7 summit in Japan

Nissan ProPilot LEAF prototype at Ise-Shima G7 summit in Japan

Nissan ProPilot LEAF prototype at Ise-Shima G7 summit in Japan

Nissan ProPilot LEAF prototype at Ise-Shima G7 summit in Japan

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” … spend your commute catching up on email” … that’s SAE level 3. Nice.

That’s Good! All They Need Now is a Car that is worthy of it …

I wonder how much of that dash will be Leaf 2?

Exactly what I was thinking. Bigger central screen, refines steering wheel buttons, and a driver dash looking somewhat like Tesla.

I’m just wondering if the rumors for the next Leaf announcement for this year will be another concept or the real deal.

Will be the real deal, there is no point to show other concept like the IDS.

I’ll be shocked if they don’t release Leaf 2 just before Bolt EV hits the streets. Mr Ghosn would need to eat his hat too.

I think the biggest difference between Bolt EV and Leaf 2 is that Leaf 2 will be available worldwide. Bolt EV will reach Europe a year later and unless they change their manufacturing plan – will be quite a bit more expensive across the pond.

I also want this dash Nissan!

I wonder what the cost adder will be….

Btw that guy sleeping in the Tesla has been reported as an actual, not staged, occurrence.

He’s just a few years ahead of his time.

Sort of a Rip Van Tesla. One could do a weird “Twilight Zone” episode.

If you want to sleep in a Tesla, this is the way to do it.

I like how they added engine noise to the Leaf as it starts rolling 🙂

I am deeply suspicious that the Japanese roll out later this year will even be as good as Tesla AP, but I’d love to be proved wrong.

hate engine noise generators like on the eGolf… whats next, smoke generators? horseappledroppers ?

Wait, VW does this too? On a plain-jane consumer car like the eGolf? I thought that kind of thing was limited to things like the GTI’s Soundaktor or poseur-type cars like the BMW i8 .

Go ProPilot.. :/
I guess it’s better than naming it Pilot Prime.

Did they purposely put “20-20” on the plate, or is that just a coincidence?

Can these lane change systems detect the idiot doing 100+ mph in the fast lane while the rest of us are at 60-70 ? I see a violent crash in the making.

can’t wait to go to the dealer, to have the software updated, since Nissan obviously hates OTA updates, and efficiency for that matter.

Source : Leaf owner disappointed in his dealership.

Geohot’s auto drive product is also continuing to move ahead;