Nissan Demos Fully Autonomous Prototype On Streets Of Tokyo — Tech Planned For Real-World Use From 2020

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Nissan demonstrated a fully autonomous, next-generation version of its ProPILOT technology on the streets of Tokyo a couple of days ago, giving observers a glimpse of the tech that Nissan says will be utilized in the real world (the commercial sector) from 2020 onwards.

The next-generation ProPILOT system was demonstrated in a modified INFINITI Q50 sports sedan — which was outfitted with 12 sonars, 12 cameras, 9 millimeter-wave radars, 6 laser scanners, and a high-definition map. That hardware was paired with an artificial intelligence system that can “navigate smoothly through challenging city conditions” and provide a “human-like driving feel.”

The demonstrated system can reportedly operate autonomously on urban roads and freeways. All that is required of the “driver” is the selection of a destination through the navigation system. Even situations as complex as the highly busy intersections of urban Tokyo can be handled by the new and continuously improving tech, reportedly.

“Ingenuity is at the heart of everything we do at Nissan,” stated Takao Asami, Nissan’s senior vice president in charge of research and advanced engineering. “Our next-generation ProPILOT prototype showcases technology that will be available for real-world use from 2020. Today’s demonstration is another example of our successful work toward creating an autonomous driving future for all.”

As it stands, Nissan’s commercial ProPILOT technology “only” allows for fully autonomous single-lane travel on divided highways. That tech is currently in the process of being rolled out — with the upcoming, refreshed Nissan LEAF to play host to it, as well as the new Nissan Rogue. Plans are reportedly to roll out the tech across a wide variety of offerings over the next few years.


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