Self-Driving Nissan Leaf Begins Testing in Japan

November 4th, 2015 by



2015 Nissan LEAF

The race to creating a fully autonomous car is moving full speed ahead. A number of automakers are clamoring to perfect the driverless technology, bringing us ever closer to the reality of self-driving cars. Not to be left behind, Nissan has launched its ‘Nissan Intelligent Driving’ project, which includes the on-road testing of its self-driving Nissan Leaf prototype.

Tech Times reports that Nissan’s Intelligent Driving project aims to accomplish two goals: Zero Fatalities and Zero Emissions. Nissan hopes that its new automated and sustainable technologies will curb traffic-related deaths, while at the same time eliminating all CO2 emissions from Nissan vehicles.

Nissan will be installing its new “Vehicle Intelligence” or VI technology on all of its cars in a number of stages. The first stage, called Piloted Drive 1.0, is now underway in Japan, where its self-driving Nissan Leaf prototype is being tested on public city streets and highways in Japan. Nissan says its prototype will continue real-world testing through the end of 2016.

“We at Nissan are setting clear goals and preparing for the implementation of piloted drive. The prototype that we’re introducing here today is proof of how close we are towards the realization of this goal. Nissan aspires for a safe and trouble-free motoring future, and we plan on leading the industry in the implementation of piloted drive,” said Takao Asami, senior vice president of Nissan.

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