We are going to see Nissan self-driving cars on the roads from 2022, as the automaker has announced that plans are underway to roll out fully autonomous vehicles in 2022. Nissan has also said it is committed to taking responsibility for whichever incident that might occur on the road with their new cars from 2022 henceforth. Volvo and a couple of other brands have also committed to doing so in the past.
The automaker conferred its plans for the future autonomy with a group of journalists this week at Yokohama. It is during this discussion where the company shared the findings from the tests it had conducted in Silicon Valley, London, and Tokyo since way back in 2013.
Its roadmap points out that the present-day Level 2 Active Driver Assists, which comprise adaptive cruise control and lane assist, will receive a considerable overhaul. Thus, it will have the ability to tackle the multiple-lane highways, urban roads and intersections in the next five years. Nissan is targeting to switch to Level 4 fully autonomous driving by the year 2022.
Demonstration Models of the Company
Nissan’s new iMX electric crossover concept, which was showcased earlier this week, is a demonstration of the company’s exclamation point on these audacious claims. The iMX undoubtedly claims a full autonomy. It even includes a mode that makes the steering wheel to recline into the dash.
The company also recently unleashed a clean prototype of the impending autonomous driving tech. It looks like the company intends to use this sample in a test phase that will begin in 2020. The actual test is set to be carried out in Tokyo, Japan.
An updated version of the Infiniti Q50 has similarly been furnished with the next iteration of the brand’s purported Pro-Pilot suite. Through this, the vehicle operates autonomously in a variety of otherwise bad terrains, such as urban roads and freeways. This operation begins after the destination has been selected using the navigation system. Once it has started, it goes on until that specific destination has arrived.
Artificial Intelligence That Makes Do With 12 Cameras
There were plans to sample this particular tech on a road course in the capital city of Japan earlier this week. However, it was annulled at the last minute with the company citing congestion as the reason for cancellation.
Nonetheless, the prototype flaunts the artificial intelligence that makes do with 12 cameras, six laser scanners, 12 sonars, nine-millimeter wave radars and a high-definition map. All these inputs allow the vehicle to adjust in real-time, consequently enabling it to navigate busy intersections with numerous variables.
According to the manufacturer, these hardware updates and software enhancements will guarantee a smooth transition when it comes to encountering hurdles on the road. The outcome is a human-like driving feel which provides absolute peace of mind.
The new in-car curved OLED displays along with the augmented reality head-up display complement this 360-degree autonomous car tech. All these features mirror what we have seen in the xMI concept. The driverless car also presents various gesture controls, such as eye-gaze tracking and motion detection.
The other side of this revelation is a mutual data. The Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Coalition is set to sell at least 14 million cars each year within five years. This Alliance says by that time about 90% of their products will have a plug-in dongle. It looks like data sharing will a vital part of this next-gen technology roll out.
Meanwhile, Nissan has commenced to roll out the Pro-Pilot Level 2 System on its Qashqai, X-trail and Leaf models. The fancy title aside; Pro-Pilot is basically an amalgamation of lane-departure prevention and adaptive cruise control. They are joint together to form a single function.