Fully autonomous driving technology prototype tested on Tokyo streets

Carmaker Nissan today tested a prototype of its most advanced autonomous driving technology, ProPILOT, on public roads in Tokyo.

Nissan said that the prototype technology, tested on a modified INFINITI Q50 sedan, is planned for real-world use from 2020.

The carmaker already offers ProPILOT technology on several models, allowing for single-lane autonomous driving on highways. The next generation of the technology will enable vehicles to operate autonomously on urban roads and freeways, from the moment the driver selects a destination using the navigation system, until the vehicle arrives at its destination.

Nissan tests its fully autonomous prototype technology on the streets of Tokyo (credit: Nissan Motor Corporation)

To navigate smoothly through challenging city conditions, such as crossing busy intersections, the prototype’s artificial intelligence system processes information from 12 sonars, 12 cameras, nine radars, six laser scanners and a high-definition map to analyse complex scenarios in real time.

Nissan said that these hardware upgrades would lead to a more human-like driving experience.

“Ingenuity is at the heart of everything we do at Nissan,” said 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.”