Self-Driving Nissan LEAF Hits European Roads For First Time Ever – Video

7 months ago by Mark Kane 9

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

“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 LEAF’s autonomous drive demonstration event – London

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 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

Nissan Intelligent Driving helps to give customers more confidence through enhanced safety, control, and comfort for everyone on board. The building blocks for autonomous driving are already built into Nissan cars with extensive set of advanced safety features including Intelligent Around-View Monitor and Intelligent Lane Intervention. Autonomous drive technologies can already be found in certain Nissan vehicles today, including the Nissan Serena, the first model produced for the mass market to feature ProPILOT technology. Nissan has plans to extend this technology to more models in Europe, Japan, China and the United States, with 10 models to be launched by 2020 by the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

Nissan LEAF’s autonomous drive demonstration event – London

Nissan Intelligent Power makes driving more exciting for customers by continuing to reduce emissions and increase fuel economy. Nissan is committed to a holistic approach to achieving zero-emission mobility by making internal combustion engines more efficient and putting more advanced technologies into our electric vehicles. We continue to advance a variety of powertrain technologies under Nissan Intelligent Power, which are most suitable to the different market segments and different regions across the world. We have a diverse range of EV-based technologies in our portfolio in addition to 100% electric vehicles, these technologies include e-Power (series-hybrid) and fuel cell electric vehicles. Each new technology supplements the portfolio, but does not supplant other technologies.

Nissan Intelligent Integration keeps customers more connected by conveniently linking Nissan cars to the wider society. Nissan is helping to shape a sustainable ecosystem enabling cars to interact with people, other cars and road infrastructure.  This approach will eventually lead to remote vehicle operation, reduced traffic jams, more efficient car-sharing, and improved energy management.

Nissan Intelligent Mobility is not about removing humans from the driving experience. Instead, it’s about building a better future for Nissan customers where cars are their partners, and where drivers are more confident and more connected.

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9 responses to "Self-Driving Nissan LEAF Hits European Roads For First Time Ever – Video"

  1. unlucky says:

    The more the better I guess. To see whether it really means anything for EVs will depend on what Nissan announces when the new LEAF is announced.

  2. jhm614 says:

    Nice! Cameras, Radar, Lidar and Hi-Rez maps. Sounds very similar to the Google/Waymo approach. It sounds like city driving will be available for the mid-cycle refresh for Leaf 2.0! I cannot wait! I wonder what this will go for?

  3. Rich says:

    It’s good to see Nissan making progress is autonomy. It’ll be interesting to see their autonomous system operate in a downtown setting.

    I was really impressed by the Bolt video http://insideevs.com/watch-footage-autonomous-chevrolet-bolt/
    Tesla is making strides to Level 5 as well – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuhbqcMzOaw

  4. Dav8or says:

    It seems as though autonomous driving has become synonymous with EVs. Why is that? I would think an ICE car could be made to preform equally as well, yet I don’t hear about non EVs being tested. Is that just me? Are there ICE autonomous cars out there? Is this the “Tesla effect”, or is it just a gimmick to try to get people to buy EVs?

    I personally think in the case of most car companies, it’s just R&D for the sake of good PR and the halo effect. It’s a way to look like you’re cutting edge and bringing the future but with no commitment to really do that. I don’t think it’s tech that will be mainstream anytime soon (outside of Tesla) and to me it doesn’t make much sense.

    If I have to be constantly monitoring the system to make sure it doesn’t kill me or someone else, and I have to keep touching the steering wheel periodically and I’m still 100% responsible for the car’s actions and I still have to be sober to act as “driver”, what’s the point? I’ll just drive the damn car myself.

    1. unlucky says:

      ICE cars have done more than this Nissan promise (for 2018) offers even before Tesla did it. Mercedes and Audi (and BMW?) were offering lane holding and distance-following cruise to more than 50mph 4 or so years ago.

      I think you’re only tuned to EVs and not expensive luxury cars of other sorts.

    2. LocalMile says:

      It’s a couple of things;

      1 – BEV’s are much easier to control and integrate in to than ICE. BEV response is very reliable and predictable but ICE requires a lot more effort to achieve that.

      2 – Yes, Tesla Effect. Model S has taken over 30% of the large luxury market and this was at the expense of BMW, Audi, Lexus, and Mercedes who’ve all lost marketshare to Tesla. The same is beginning to happen with the X in the luxury SUV market. 400,000 people plopping down $1k deposits for Model 3’s really got the attention of automakers.

      Outwardly they’re still doing a lot with ICE. They’ve a huge investment and want to milk it as long as possible. Internally they know that the future is likely BEV’s and that’s where planning resources are going.

      So, why invest in complicated and expensive development work for a platform (ICE) that will likely not be around much longer?

  5. sveno says:

    I wonder if any of these are actually from Leaf 2: new dashboard, new steering wheel, new center infotainment, new seats, new button near shifer?

    1. Exactly, this might be the greatest “scoop” of the video, the dash screens and interiour layout might be what we will be seing in the next production Leaf!

  6. Dan Homerick says:

    “Nissan Intelligent Power makes driving more exciting for customers by continuing to reduce emissions and increase fuel economy.”

    I laughed when I read that. It’s like marketing has a template for writing these things and doesn’t have the imagination to deviate from it.