Autonomous technology is coming soon in the new Qashqai models as well as the best-selling new LEAF
Nissan says it will bring real-world demonstrations of autonomous driving cars to Britain next month.
The company will use a modified Nissan LEAF to showcase next-generation technology. The on-road demonstrations will take place in London, enabling the vehicles and their passengers to cover a diverse city environment.
Passengers, including government officials and technical and safety experts, will be given the opportunity to experience and test the technology in a live environment in a modified Nissan LEAF.
These will be the first demonstrations of Nissan’s autonomous drive technology on public roads in Europe, representing the next step in Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility blueprint for transforming how cars are driven, powered, and integrated into wider society.
It follows recent announcements that both the refreshed Qashqai and the new LEAF, both coming soon, will be equipped with autonomous drive technology to enable single lane autonomous driving on motorways.
The announcement was made following a visit to the Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE) in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, by the Rt Hon Greg Clark, the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
NTCE, the European R&D hub for Nissan, is developing autonomous drive technologies as well as new advanced fuel, energy and efficiency technologies, in collaboration with the Nissan Technical Centre and Advanced Technical Centre in Japan.
Opened in 1991, NTCE employs 1,200 people and current projects include the development of vehicle-to-grid technology integration, electric battery advancements and the new Nissan Qashqai, which is scheduled to launch in fiscal year 17. The original crossover - and Nissan’s best-selling vehicle in Europe – versions of the new Qashqai will be available to customers with autonomous drive functionality for single-lane driving on the motorway.
Just last week Nissan announced that a new LEAF will be coming soon, also equipped with the same autonomous drive technology, and Mr Clark was given a preview of the technology with a demonstration around the grounds of the technical centre.
“In just a few weeks’ time, there will be Nissan LEAFs driving on the streets of London using our autonomous driving technology,” said Paul Willcox, chairman, Nissan Europe. “Nissan Intelligent Mobility is happening right now, right here in the UK and across Europe.”
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