10/26/2015

Nissan Readies Self-Driving Technology

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Nissan Motor Co. last week demonstrated a new prototype of its all-electric Leaf small car with various self-driving technologies.

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Nissan Motor Co. last week demonstrated a new prototype of its all-electric Leaf small car with various self-driving technologies. Equipped with a dozen cameras, five radar sensors, four laser scanners and a host of ultrasonic sensors, the electric hatchback is capable of merging onto a highway, changing lanes and passing other vehicles without any driver inputs.

Nissan plans to begin offering some autonomous features by the end of 2016 in Japan. It and several other carmakers have identified 2020 as a target timeframe to commercialize more advanced self-driving systems.

The carmaker will unveil a new concept vehicle possibly the next-generation Leaf due in 2017 that represents its "vision of car intelligence and electrification" later this week at the Tokyo auto show.