Nissan test prototype autonomous tech in Tokyo

Driverless cars are becoming less of a thing of the future and more of a reality. Nissan have taken to the streets of Tokyo to pull the finish line that one step closer.

Demonstrating their most advanced autonomous driving technology this month in Tokyo, as it plans to release the tech for real-world use from 2020.

Nissan tested their next-gen ProPILOt technology on a modified INFINITI Q50 sports saloon. The technology in question allows the car to function autonomously on urban roads and motorways and takes control as soon as the driver selects a destination in the sat-nav system.

How the hell does this work then? Nissan explain that the system uses 12 sonars, 12 cameras, nine millimetre-wave radars, six laser scanners and a high definition map to analyse complex scenarios in real time just as a driver would in a split second. The result is a completely autonomous car that navigated seamlessly through tricky city situations.

“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 parade around Tokyo follows the recent launch of the all-new Nissan LEAF that already features a more limited ProPILOT technology that allows the car to operate single line driving independently on motorways.

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