The latest auto driving experimental vehicle (based on the Leaf), which was unveiled by Nissan on October 23, 2015

Nissan unveils latest experimental auto car for public highway

Nissan conducted an information session for advanced technologies, and unveiled their latest experimental auto car at their R&D center in Atsugi, Kanagawa on October 23.

It allows you to set your destination in the navigation system, and enables auto driving. The experimental car can be driven not only in highways and roads exclusive for cars, but also on public roads. Nissan will begin the public road test driving for that car in Japan and in nearby foreign countries.

The experimental car was based on the Leaf electric vehicle (EV). The sensors equipped in the experimental car has five milli-wave radars, four laser scanners, and 12 cameras. Meanwhile, the laser scanner that can detect the car’s surroundings in three dimensions has a wider, compact, and high performance. “This is the first time in the world that we’re conducting a mass production for a prototype car,” (as evaluated by ADAS Strategy & Engineering Division General Manager Tetsuya Iijima).

Nissan aims to introduce auto driving technologies for several lanes in highways by 2018, and auto driving technologies for public roads including intersections by 2020. This time, Nissan will conduct a verification test for the experimental cars, and they plan to improve the credibility of each system.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)