European Council President Donald Tusk had a front-seat view to Nissan’s ProPilot autonomous drive technology on recent G7 summit in Japan. Using a modified Nissan LEAF with a revised interior, could this be a preview of the new model, specifically the interior?
The EC President’s car was among a cavalcade of Group of Seven next-generation vehicles. The prototype vehicle, based on the Nissan LEAF was equipped with special features such as a millimeter wave radar, laser scanners, cameras, and a specialized HMI (Human Machine Interface) to support autonomous driving.
The G7 Summit autonomous vehicle demonstration allowed President Tusk to experience how ProPilot technology could navigate roads, incorporating two innovative functionalities.
The first, a miniature, high-spec laser scanner that determines the distance between the vehicle and its surroundings through precise three-dimensional measurements enabling navigation in tight spaces.
The second is an eight-way, 360-degree view camera system for accurate routing decisions at intersections and on sharp curving roads. The technologies were tested on roads and highways in Japan and the United States earlier this year.
Nissan will introduce the ProPilot autonomous drive technology in a model in Japan later this year, and then expand availability to Europe, United States and China. ProPilot 1.0 can be used in congested highway traffic conditions.
By 2018, the company plans to implement a multiple-lane, ProPilot autonomous drive technology that allows highway lane change, while by 2020, the new technology will facilitate driving on urban roads, including intersections.