26 Nov '13, 11am

I want that one. Driverless Nissan Leaf on Japanese highway

A Nissan LEAF electric car has become the first car to test autonomous driving on a stretch of Japanese motorway. Nissan took a model of its fully-electric supermini to the Sagami Expressway in the Kanagawa prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, to trial new driverless technology that allows the car to effectively drive itself. Kanagawa prefecture governor Yuji Kuroiwa and Nissan Vice Chairman Toshiyuki Shiga were on-board during the test, with journalist gathered to witness the trial and later try the car out on the expressway themselves. Based on the normal production Nissan LEAF, the autonomous model features cameras and lasers to read road signs, identify obstacles such as pedestrians in the road, merge into traffic, change lanes and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles. Nissan’s Autonomous Drive technology automatically operates the car’s main controls, including ste...

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