Joining Honda and their autonomous Clarity FCV at the Group 7 (G7) Summit in Japan, Nissan has displayed a self-driving Leaf dubbed ProPilot.
Demonstrated in Ise-Shima, the car offered a front-seat view to European Council President, Donald Tusk, who got to experience how the ProPilot technology helps it navigate roads.
It benefits from two innovative technologies, as the manufacturer explains: a miniature high-spec laser scanner, which determines the distance between the car and its surroundings through precise 3D measurements that enable navigation in tight spaces and an 8-way 360-degree view camera system “for accurate routing decisions at intersections and on sharp curving roads”.
These technologies were already tested by Nissan in Japan and the US earlier this year and are part of the brand’s plan to introduce the ProPilot autonomous driving technology in a vehicle in Japan over the next few months and eventually expand its availability to the US, Europe and China. The 1.0 version will be used in congested traffic situations and by 2018, the company plans to implement an autonomous driving tech for highway lane change, while by the end of the decade, it should facilitate driving on urban roads.