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.
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.