Nissan's fully autonomous prototype technology tested on streets of Tokyo

Nissan tests proPILOT in Tokyo


​TOKYO – Nissan has revealed a prototype, demonstrating its advanced autonomous driving technology, on public roads in Tokyo​, it is planned for real-world use from 2020.​


Nissan Motor Corporation has trialed its next-generation ProPILOT technology​​ on a modified and revised INFINITI Q50 sport sedan. This technology enables the car to operate completely autonomously and independently on roads and freeways, this begins once the driver selects a destination using the satellite navigation system, continuing until arrival.​

proPilot testing on the roads of Tokyo
proPILOT street testing Tokyo


The prototype’s artificial intelligence (AI) uses data inputed from 12 sonars, 12 cameras, nine millimetre-wave radars, six laser scanners and a high-definition map analysing the complex scenario synopsis in actual real time and so can then navigate and transition through demanding city conditions – such as crossing intersections. Hardware upgrades, combined with the software improvements, ensure smooth conversions when encountering obstacles in its path on the road. This has resulted in a human-like driving experience that gives peace of mind to the passengers.

​“Ingenuity is at the heart of everything we do at Nissan,” said Takao Asami, Nissan’s senior vice president in charge of research and advanced engineering. “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.”​


This demonstration followed Nissan's most recent launch of their new, zero-emission Nissan Leaf, that had been equipped with ProPILOT technology enabling single-lane autonomous driving on highways. Nissan’s growing lineup of models with ProPILOT also includes the Nissan Serena, X-Trail and Rogue and will be joined by the Qashqai in 2018.

Transitioning proPILOT technology on the streets of Tokyo