Nissan began Leaf autonomous car testing on the roads of Japan, with the project expected to develop into a fully zero-emission autonomous vehicle by 2020.
Taking to the Japanese highways now is Nissan’s Leaf vehicle, enriched with the Piloted Drive mode. Part of Nissan’s Intelligent Driving System project, the Piloted Drive mode is set to take control of the vehicle under rough conditions. What better way to test it than highway conditions or heavy traffic?
Nissan announced that the Piloted Drive Mode would be added to production line models by the end of next year provided that all testing proves successful. A vehicle that allows for autonomous driving under heavy traffic conditions in no small talk. Human intervention should be minimum and only under specific circumstances.
In addition, Nissan also hopes that by the end of 2018, Nissan Leaf would be able to change lanes autonomously. This feature would be the second to feature in prototype testing under the Intelligent Driving System project.
Nissan began Leaf autonomous car testing on the roads of Japan. The best news comes at the end, with Nissan planning to finish developing the fully autonomous zero-emissions car by 2020. By this time, it is expected that the vehicle is able to switch through maps and navigate roads in the city, as well as highways without any input from a human driver.
For now, with the Piloted Drive Mode, the automaker has integrated a high-spec laser with Leaf that enables 3D measurements to accurately determine the distance between the car and objects in its vicinity and environment. The eight-way camera that captures everything 360 degrees synchronizes with the laser to aid the vehicle with taking decisions.
Mitsunori Morita, the design director for IDS explained that:
“The Nissan IDS Concept has different interiors depending on whether the driver opts for Piloted Drive of Manual Drive”.
With selecting this mode, the interior of the electric Leaf will change by rotating chairs inwards, facing each other, as well as by retreating the driving wheel and allowing monitors to pop up.
Piloted Drive Mode is customized to reflect the style, as well as preferences of the human driver. Currently, Leaf may only reach 155 miles. However, it is expected that the new Leaf may reach 248 miles per hour.
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