Nissan tests autonomous driving technology in Tokyo



Nissan has demonstrated a prototype of its most advanced autonomous driving technology, known as ProPILOT, on the roads in Tokyo, Japan.

The technology was tested on a modified INFINITI Q50 sports sedan.

A vehicle equipped with Nissan's ProPILOT technology can operate autonomously on urban roads and freeways, starting at the beginning of the vehicle’s journey when a destination is chosen by the driver using the navigation system, until the vehicle arrives at its destination.

Using its expansive artificial intelligence (AI), the prototype analyzes, in real time, complex scenarios, and navigates smoothly through difficult city conditions, like crossing busy intersections. The prototype’s AI does this using input from a variety of technologies, including 12 sonars, 12 cameras, nine millimeter-wave radars, six laser scanners and a high-definition map.

Thanks to hardware upgrades and software improvements, a vehicle equipped with ProPILOT can transition smoothly when it runs into obstacles in the road.

Nissan says that all of the capabilities of the ProPILOT technology result in a “human-like driving feel that gives passengers peace of mind.”

“Ingenuity is at the heart of everything we do at Nissan,” says Takao Asami, Nissan’s senior vice president in charge of research and advanced engineering.

“Our next-generation ProPILOT prototype showcases technology that will be available for real-world use from 2020. Today’s demonstration is another example of our successful work toward creating an autonomous driving future for all.”