Nissan announces on-road autonomous vehicle tests in Europe

Nissan will bring real-world demonstrations of autonomous driving cars to London. Passengers will be given the opportunity to experience and test the technology in a live environment in a modified Nissan LEAF. It follows recent announcements that both the refreshed Qashqai and the new LEAF will be equipped with autonomous drive technology to enable single lane autonomous driving on motorways.

Nissan announces on-road autonomous vehicle tests in Europe - IEEE Connected Vehicles

Nissan will bring real-world demonstrations of autonomous driving cars to Britain next month. The on-road demonstrations will take place in London, enabling the vehicles and their passengers to cover a diverse city environment. Passengers, including government officials and technical and safety experts, will be given the opportunity to experience and test the technology in a live environment in a modified Nissan LEAF. These will be the first demonstrations of Nissan’s autonomous drive technology on public roads in Europe, representing the next step in Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility blueprint for transforming how cars are driven, powered, and integrated into wider society.

It follows recent announcements that both the refreshed Qashqai and the new LEAF, both coming soon, will be equipped with autonomous drive technology to enable single lane autonomous driving on motorways. The announcement was made following a visit to the Nissan Technical Center Europe (NTCE) in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, by the Rt Hon Greg Clark, the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

NTCE, the European R&D hub for Nissan, is developing autonomous drive technologies as well as new advanced fuel, energy and efficiency technologies, in collaboration with the Nissan Technical Center and Advanced Technical Centre in Japan. Opened in 1991, NTCE is now home to around 1,200 employees. Current projects include the development of vehicle-to-grid technology integration, electric battery advancements and the new Nissan Qashqai, which is scheduled to launch in fiscal year ’17. The original crossover versions of the new Qashqai will be available to customers with autonomous drive functionality for single-lane driving on the motorway.

 

Source: https://newsroom.nissan-global.com/releases/release-ed7bb159a43d3d5c67a66fcbb8003847

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