Nissan begins on-road testing of Piloted Drive prototype

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Nissan has carried out the first on-road testing of its prototype vehicle that demonstrates the Japanese auto maker’s Piloted Drive system on both highway and on city and urban road environments.

The prototype vehicle is based on the Nissan Leaf electric car and is equipped with features such as a millimeter-wave radar, laser scanners, cameras, high-speed computer chips, a specialized HMI (human machine interface) and more. Tests are to be carried out overseas in the near future as well as in Japan.

Nissan has developed two innovative technologies that can make autonomous driving possible on city/urban roads.

The first is the miniature, high-spec laser scanner. Currently in its prototype stages, it determines the distance between the vehicle and its surroundings through the use of precise three-dimensional measurements that enable the vehicle to navigate routes in tight spaces.

The other new technology is an eight-way, 360-degree-view camera system that allows for accurate routing decisions when driving through intersections and sharp curving roads.

The prototype vehicle is equipped with both technologies.

November 3, 2015

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