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Nissan autonomous prototype tested on public roads in Tokyo

Nissan autonomous prototype tested on public roads in Tokyo
Bilal Firfiray Bilal Firfiray Friday 27 October 2017, 18:34 PM

Nissan showcased the IMx all-electric crossover with a fully autonomous technology at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The Japanese carmaker promised their autonomous tech will hit the roads by 2020. To demonstrate this, Nissans promptly started testing their prototype on public roads in Tokyo.

The Japanese carmaker tested the new generation of the ProPilot on a highly modified Infiniti Q50 sedan. The prototype employs artificial intelligence which is fed information through 12 sonars, 12 cameras, nine millimetre-wave radars, six laser scanners and a high-definition map. This hardware analyses complex scenario in real time and navigates accordingly in different City conditions, boasts the Kanagawa-based carmaker.

Along with the hardware update, the software has also been improved to wade through real-time obstacles. The technology enables the vehicle to operate autonomously on urban roads and freeways. The driver only has to select a destination using the navigation system and the car can take care of the rest.

Nissan revealed the new-generation Leaf EV with their latest ProPilot tech. It is equipped with a single-lane autonomous driving technology that can be used on highways. Other models that include the ProPilot are the Serena, X-Trail and Rogue. The Qashqai SUV is slated to join the league sometime next year.

Takao Asami, Nissan’s senior vice president, talking about their autonomous future, said, “Our next-generation ProPilot prototype showcases technology that will be available for real-world use from 2020. Today’s demonstration is another example of our successful work toward creating an autonomous driving future for all.”


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