Nissan To Offer “Piloted Drive 1.0” In Japan By The End Of 2016

NOV 8 2015 BY MARK KANE 43

Nissan Piloted Drive Capability

Nissan Piloted Drive Capability

Nissan Piloted Drive Prototype Vehicle

Nissan Piloted Drive Prototype Vehicle

Nissan does not want to let Tesla Motors escape too far ahead in autonomous drive technologies, and has announced a path of its own towards implementation – Piloted Drive.

At the Tokyo Motor Show, the first prototype of a Nissan LEAF was used to demonstrate piloted drive on both highway and city/urban roads.

“Nissan maintains two corporate visions of a sustainable mobile society: “Zero Emission” and “Zero Fatality.” For Zero Emission, the company’s goal is to eliminate the emission of CO2 gasses from Nissan vehicles, while Zero Fatality is an aspirational goal that aims to eliminate virtually all fatalities stemming from traffic accidents.

“Vehicle Intelligence” will play a key role in realizing the concept of Zero Fatality. Therefore, the company is developing an advanced form of vehicle intelligence called “Nissan Intelligent Driving,” which is comprised of various innovative features that will be introduced in stages.”

Nissan Piloted Drive Prototype Vehicle

Nissan Piloted Drive Prototype Vehicle

The Japanese manufacturer intends to offer “Piloted Drive 1.0” by the end of 2016 in Japan.

Piloted Drive 1.0, just like in case of Tesla Autopilot in 7.0 software update, will enable the car to drive itself only in simple environments, like on the highway.

The next step will be in 2018 and another one by 2020, each expanding the cases where Piloted Drive can be used.

“Piloted Drive 1.0 allows for autonomous driving under heavy highway traffic conditions. By 2018, the company hopes to implement a multiple lane piloted drive that can conduct lane changes on highways. And by 2020, a new technology will be introduced that allows vehicles to successfully manage city/urban roads- including intersections – autonomously.

The prototype vehicle making its public debut today will be tested in actual traffic conditions on both the highway and city/urban roads to develop and further enhance Nissan Intelligent Driving for public use. The vehicle is based on the Nissan LEAF electric vehicle and it is equipped with features such as a millimeter wave radar, laser scanners, cameras, high-speed computer chips, and a specialized HMI (Human Machine Interface), just to name a few.

Nissan Piloted Drive Prototype Vehicle

Nissan Piloted Drive Prototype Vehicle

All of this helps allow the vehicle to operate in an autonomous manner on both highway and city/urban roads except for setting destination points into the navigation system. These tests are planned for Japan as well as overseas in the near future.

Nissan has developed two innovative technologies that can make piloted drive possible on city/urban roads. The first is the miniature, high-spec laser scanner. Currently in its prototype stages, the laser scanner determines the distance between the vehicle and its surroundings through the use of precise three-dimensional measurement that enables the vehicle to navigate routes in tight spaces.

The other new technology is an 8-way, 360-degree view camera system that allows for accurate routing decisions when driving through intersections and sharp curving roads.

The new prototype vehicle possesses both of these innovative features, facilitating smooth transportation through complex traffic environments, helping the occupants feel as though they are in the hands of a skilled driver.”

Nissan Piloted Drive Prototype Vehicle

Nissan Piloted Drive Prototype Vehicle

Senior vice president of Nissan, Takao Asami said:

“We at Nissan are setting clear goals and preparing for the implementation of piloted drive. The prototype that we’re introducing here today is proof of how close we are towards the realization of this goal. Nissan aspires for a safe and trouble-free motoring future, and we plan on leading the industry in the implementation of piloted drive.”

HMI (Human Machine Interface)

Piloted Drive Commander
Positioned on the center console, this device conducts various functions, such as shifting between Manual Drive mode (normal drive mode) and Piloted Drive mode (autonomous drive mode), automatic lane changes, and more.

Meter Cluster
The area fully adopts a Thin Film Transistor LCD screen to display vehicle information based on the vehicle’s driving mode and driving environment. EV drive information is displayed in Manual Drive mode, such as the speedometer, distance to empty, etc., For Piloted Drive mode, along with the EV drive information, the vehicle’s surroundings are displayed in a virtual 360-degree view during higher speeds, and front view for lower speeds.

Heads Up Display
When in Piloted Drive mode, the driving path, such as lane changes and intersections, is displayed in front of the driver.

Center Cluster
In order to observe the driving landscape during Piloted Drive, a virtual bird’s eye view is displayed on the large screen.”

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43 Comments on "Nissan To Offer “Piloted Drive 1.0” In Japan By The End Of 2016"

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And Nissan still don’t update their lousy GPS mapping and searching interface in their cars.
My Leaf 2012 are still suggesting me a 3 000 mile away destination as the “first choice” of a search! In a car that has an 100-120 kilometers range that quite idiot.
Many search don’t give result even if the object search exist in the database.
The interface is one of the worst I know.
Slow, frustrating and absolutely not intuitive.
Mapping was outdated when the car was new, so they really need to catch on big time if they want to pull something that work.

The best map/nav implementation is google. I’m still waiting for one of the car companies to just make a deal with google and have done with it.

Android auto!

See PlugShare (.com) for most up to date charging station info.

Time for all the non-Tesla EV makers to join in another chorus of “Where you lead me, I will follow…”

It is interesting to see Nissan not utilizing ultrasound, which can tell the computer if something is organic or made of concrete. That likely limits their ability to program ethical decision making into their system.

So you can avoid the concrete that is really hard but hit the organic material if needed because it’s soft?

It would be more important to know what kind of animal/human it is. To know if it’s better to hit it or not. For example if it’s a moose, then you don’t hit it but if it’s just a deer or even more so if it’s a raindeer then you drive through it if being the safest option.

“So you can avoid the concrete that is really hard but hit the organic material if needed because it’s soft?”

Quite the opposite. Your example sounds pragmatic; mine implied the vehicle could determine NOT to hit a given lifeform (ethical decision making), and go for the concrete instead.

This is a great example of philosophy influencing the evolution of autonomous technology. I suspect different auto companies will employee various approaches to their vehicles software and hardware when it comes to having the onboard AI when it has to make life and death decisions for not only its occupants, other vehicles, pedestrians, surrounding property, and itself. Buying a car in the future, may become more politically challenging, based on a given brand’s ethical approach to how their autonomy is implemented.

I see it as the opposite: given all of dangers of Tesla’s current approach, I see other manufacturers refusing to follow Tesla in releasing half baked software that encourages drivers to kill themselves or others. They’re waiting until they have something more robust.

Tesla cares more about boosting soft demand for Teslas to early adopters by pimping gadgets (the patently unsafe Jumbotron on the dashboard is a prime example) while other manufacturers can afford to care more about safety and liability.

With only a very small data sampling, that is a fair premise. I on the other hand believe even the early autonomous options will save lives.

Time will tell.

There was a time when EVs were also gonna catch fire. That myth too has been debunked by a factor of 10x or more. Nissan LEAF just passed a billion miles recently. The last report showed ICEs producing 90 fires per billion miles. How many does the LEAF have? How about Tesla since its mod plate?

I suspect autonomous tools will produce the same. No one will know if yours is the life saved or taken by early autonomous tools at this point. I bet on the lack of fires in an EV, and I am betting the same even on early autonomous drive tools.

“No one will know if yours is the life saved or taken by early autonomous tools at this point.”

Oh I know for a fact it will not be mine. I will not be anyone’s guinea pig, when my life is on the line. Give it a few years to get the bugs out.



“Patently unsafe”?

[citation needed]

What seems to be coming next is a macro learning function. One that would allow you to record your regular driving patterns, say to work, doctors office etc. That way, you are using GPS, sensor detection, as well as the human element like slowing for unmarked construction, or an unpaired pot hole, etc.

It is not a perfect solution, but would allow for an acceleration in autonomous drive.

You know, a 40 kW nicely designed (looking ) leaf is all I really want. Is that too much to ask?

The car already has 80 kW of power.

(kW is not kWh. Units matter, and your comment illustrates why.)

The lack of autonomous features, like adaptive cruise cruise control, is one of the things that turned me off about the current Leaf. The reason I have much more interest in the BMW I3 than in Leaf is because the I3 has some autonomous features. Now everyone seems to think that the Leaf is going to go from the low end to the high end on autonomous features. I don’t see it. I think the low trim levels are probably still going to be pretty much devoid of autonomous features. The Leaf is going to have come out with trim levels or options above SL or Nissan is going to have to come out with a complete new higher end model to support to these features. Don’t be surprised if the next gen Leaf comes out completely devoid of autonomous features.

How can these new cars be called emissions free if they are emitting radar, laser and other means of energy all around them ? How soon that they interfere with each other’s sensory processing ?

Emission free relates to particle and gaseous emissions. Radar produces electrcto-magnetic emissions. If you’re worried about electro-magnetic emissions then maybe we should ban the sun because it produces a lot of electro-magnetic emissions.

If we are going to try to ban electro-magnetic radiation we should also try to ban dihydrogen monoxide. Dihydrogen monoxide is complicit in thousands of deaths and billions of dollars in property damage every year.

Ban everything, because everything can kill you.

I’m all for a total ban on dihydrogen oxide. And we should replace it with something like this: CH3CH2OH.

It’s gonna be hard to ban dihydrogen monoxide though. I understand it’s everywhere.

While I don’t really care about em-emission (as we already lost that battle using our phones, wifi, stuff all day every day…) I think one point you made is quite important to think about: “How soon that they interfere with each other’s sensory processing” That will eventually become a problem quite soon, with most LIDAR operating at the same wavelengths. However I think that some kind of modulation will easily solve that issue and raise others 😉 Somehow I like the approach to put as much cameras and only few radar/lidar cause cameras don’t usually emit a lot. The discussion should not be focussed at banning but more on reducing. It’s good to reduce emissions by design (whatever form they may be of) as we sometimes tend to not care in the first place. What would the world look like if early automotive engineers had thought about audible-noise-emmision that days? It simply was not supposed to be important enough. Same story with em-noise… From history we learn that just too many times we did not know enough about possible effects on living matter. Just too many possibilites there. And biochemistry is quite complex. Yet there are known mechanisms where em-waves… Read more »

Autonomous driving will make the car go the speed limit. People want to go faster than the speed limit.

You’re saying you don’t want autonomous driving because it won’t let you break the law?


Personally I would rather that the car reads the speed limit and follows the speed limit so I won’t have to worry about it. That would come in real handy on rural roads where the speed changes every time you go through a little town. But there is currently no autonomous feature yet that I know of that reads speed limits. The Tesla Autopilot is suppose get this feature but it’s not available yet. Besides, if the autopilot can’t get a job and pay its own speeding tickets I don’t think I want it breaking the speed limit on its own.

AP does indeed read speed limits. Has since early 2015. It doesn’t auto-adjust to them, that requires driver input. At this stage of technological maturity I think that is a feature.

Speeding shows a lack of discipline and maturity. I’m not above this, I have to use cruise control and try to relax to keep my speed down. In my younger years I was into amateur racing and my tolerance for speed is pretty high. A few miles over the speed limit gives me no thrill. If you want to speed take your car to local race track where you can scare yourself silly and get it out of your system. The highways where we drive our families are no place for the thrill of speed.

Well.. not all speeding are related to that. A mature driver adapts the speed to the conditions, there are lots of places where I don’t get remotely close to the the (upper) speed limit for 4-5 months of the year.
The same roads can be have a way too low speed limit during good conditions.

And on the freeway (top speed 120 km/h) more than half the drivers gets up to 10-30% higher speeds. With the maturity of being grandmas and grandpas, professional drivers, average joes and whatnot.
Not because of getting thrills or breaking the law or something like that but because the conditions makes speeding a super safe option.

Then it’s rather a lack of adaptive speed signs that should increase the speed limit in good conditions and lower it when conditions are bad.

You know that’s one of main arguments for autonomous vehicle and one of the main reasons governments have been so supportive of them. People are aggressive by nature, especially young people, and that aggression is going to come out in people’s driving. If you eliminate the person in the driving equation then you eliminate the aggression. The big question is will people be able to give up the control they feel driving. I think most people will feel autonomous vehicles pretty much take over a boring and monotonous task and will be glad to give that task up once they get comfortable with giving control over to the vehicle. But this is still very much an experiment in progress.

just one thought:

If people are aggressive by nature and you eliminate agression on the road, where will people go with that aggression? 😉

Ahh, I found one solution… They can just go to the Internet, and leave their aggression there… 😉 Or just play GTA. 😉

I explicitly state, that this is just a general thought not related to any virtual person or comments made here. No one hit me, please, OK?

Back to the topic:
Speeding is a problem. There are different cases of speeding. Some people speed inside urban areas, some do it on country roads. Some do in heavy traffic some only when they are alone on the road. Some people speed when they are in a hurry some people try not to.

And to get back to aggression: Speeding itself might especially then become a problem when aggression against others or yourself is involved.

One reason people want to speed is to be done with the driving chore more quickly.

If the car is driving for you, that reason goes away.

Since when has Tesla been the one to beat in autonomous drive???? Really ahead of google? Ahead of the big minning companies who have massive vehicles operating unmanned around quarries? Ahead of merc who have automatic braking and person detection on most of their top end cars? Ahead of BMW and Toyota that have automatic parking on cars half the price of a tesla? Ahead of Volvo who have self driving trucks?

Tesla is a great car company and it is great to see their car evolving from a modern day mussel car into something slightly more refined but really releasing a car with adaptive cruise control that can change lane, with supervision, on a freeway is not much more than evolution looking at what everyone else in the world is doing.

“. . . a modern day mussel car . . .”

LOL! When software for auto-correct takes the context of a sentence/paragraph into account when choosing the correct word, then maybe I might be able to trust an autonomous driving system with 100% confidence. 😀

Until then, I should “clam” up!

LOL, you guys don’t think the model s looks a little like a small black clam?

Clearly meant muscle, wish I could blame the auto correct but I suspect it was an all me f* up with no asstance from the technology.

All I know is that it will cost me at least 80,000 clams to buy a mussel car made by Telsa. 😉

In Nov 2015, there is little debate that the best advanced cruise control available to consumers is Tesla’s. The second best is Mercedes and numerous accounts report Tesla’s to be better.

Of course, Tesla’s also will improve on existing cars and uses data from existing cars to improve the implementation. That is potentially a game changer.

Google is of course going a different path but since I can’t buy a google car or a car with the google system today or for the foreseeable future, it arguably doesn’t matter.

The worst part of all this is that OEMs are going to start teasing us with vaporware just like they do with EVs. Makes it harder to plunk down serious cash for a car right now. I mean, why get an S when a 3 might be out in 2 years. Why get a 2016 Leaf when a 2017 might have autopilot???

This thread just warms the cockles of my heart.

This sounds very cool… I am looking forward to cars that can take over during the most boring types of driving. Gonna be fun.

“Zero Fatality” surely must include pedestrians, so pedestrian detection and Automatic Emergency Braking must be part of the package. It wasn’t mentioned in the story or PR.

That’s a nice looking Leaf.