Nissan test driving its self driving Leaf prototype on Japanese highways

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Nissan Debuts Self-Driving Vehicle Prototype, Commences On-Road Testing In Japan.

The IDS concept in Tokyo – previewing the next Leaf – looks outstanding as the firm get ready to roll-out other new cars such as the Micra, based on the cracking Sway concept.

Self-driving vehicles is the emerging segment in the automobile sector with more than 10 companies across the world working on developing automated technology for their vehicles.Nissan is now testing the first of its autonomous vehicle prototypes designed to operate on city roads and highways, the automotive company announced on Thursday. Nissan are already planning to add an even sportier Z model for the Juke – perhaps taking design cues from the Gripz concept from the Frankfurt Motor Show last month.

In doing so, it’s added greater efficiency, sharper styling, more equipment and practicality, and – what’s becoming massively important in this compact crossover class – the possibility for owners to customise the look of their car. In an official release, Nissan informed that it will be testing ‘Nissan Intelligent Driving’ on Japanese roads and the company aims to launch the Stage One or Piloted Drive 1.0 version by end of 2016. For what the company referred to as “Stage One” in a recent press release announcing the commencement of road testing for its self-driving vehicle prototype, it intends to offer what it’s calling “Piloted Drive 1.0” — which entails autonomous driving under heavy highway traffic conditions.

The car is purely in a concept stage at the moment which denotes that it may have some drastic changes made to its physical design, engine capacity and electric motor capabilities. Nissan’s self driving car works with a high-specification laser scanner that uses 3D measurement to determine the vehicle’s distance from objects in the environment. In order to improve and develop Nissan Intelligent Driving for the public at large, the company’s new prototype vehicle is being tested in actual traffic conditions. It’s small and agile enough to whip in and out of traffic around city centres, while it feels planted and assured on country roads and it cruises along using a minimum of fuel on the motorway.

We at Nissan are setting clear goals and preparing for the implementation of piloted drive (…) The prototype that we’re introducing here today is proof of how close we are towards the realization of this goal. Nissan is not going against those mammoth cars, but is focusing on an affordable vehicle which has the capability to help you move from one location to another, on its own.

In other self-driving car news, California approved Honda’s autonomous cars for road use back in September and earlier this month, Rinspeed unveiled its new drone-equipped self-driving sports car. Nissan confirmed that the autonomous car which is also the next gen variant of the Leaf will be able to drive without any human interference on highways.

On the inside, the Juke gets a much more attractive cabin thanks to a new 5.8in multimedia system that’s linked to Google, while boot space is also improved – up to 345 litres from 251. And there is Nissan’s Safety Shield – comprising a 360-degree around-view monitor, blind spot and lane departure warning, and moving object detection. The ultimate goal is to make the car as affordable as possible and improve the performance of the battery so as to offer great mileage on a single charge.

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