Nissan begins testing autonomous car Leaf




Nissan has developed a prototype of the Leaf who wants to ride independently on Japanese roads. The tests will improve the car manufacturer software for self-propelled cars, and then spend some time next year a first version on the market.

The automaker had earlier announced plans to allow independent drive his cars, but now also has a prototype that can be used effectively in practice. That says Nissan on its website. A version of the Leaf electric car will be deployed on Japanese highways and city roads to see if the software works well for independent driving. If that is the case, then the software next year on the market.

The test is part of Nissan’s Intelligent Driving project. According to the automaker, the Leaf is equipped with radar technology, lasers and cameras to assess the traffic situation. In the test, the software that lets the car drive independently be further improved. It should eventually tests take place outside of Japan, but this subject still lack the details.

Incidentally, the first version of the self-propelled software that Nissan wants to bring in not changing lanes. The software update that makes this possible is not until 2018, and then it only works on the highway. In 2020 it should also be possible to drive autonomously on city roads. Nissan announced earlier this year that from next year the self-propelled cars would have on the Japanese market. It is not yet known what cars to access self-propelled abilities, but Nissan seems above all to want to use electric cars like the Leaf so.

Previously came Tesla with an update to its Model S self-propelled. This first version of the Auto Pilot is not intended to replace the driver; Tesla states that drivers must keep their hands on the wheel, because the software is not good enough to deal with all kinds of traffic situations.


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