Nissan brings autonomy to London

Nissan unveiled its latest autonomous drive technology on public roads during a test in London for the first time.

Nissan has already conducted public-road testing in Japan and the United States, but this was the first time it was demonstrated in Europe.

The demonstrations saw participants in the passenger and rear seats experience the technology first-hand, which consists of millimeter wave radar, laser scanners, cameras, high-speed computer chips, and a specialized HMI (Human Machine Interface), which helps to allow the vehicle to operate in an autonomous manner on both highway and city/urban roads.

Takao Asami, senior vice president, research and advanced engineering at Nissan, said, ‘Innovation and ingenuity is at the heart of the Nissan brand and its people. This test of Nissan’s forthcoming autonomous drive technology in the demanding conditions of London streets underlines our commitment to delivering Nissan Intelligent Mobility to our customers.’

The London test follows recent announcements that both the updated Qashqai and the new Nissan LEAF, both coming in the near future, will be equipped with ProPILOT autonomous drive technology to enable single lane autonomous driving on motorways.