Nissan tests self-driving vehicle technology on London roads

Nissan today announced that it had conducted on-road testing of its autonomous drive technology for the first time in Europe as it carried out a real-life prototype vehicle demonstration in London.

The carmaker revealed in January that it would test its latest autonomous drive technology on public roads in the UK’s capital this month. The demonstration follows similar tests in both Japan and the US.

“This test of Nissan’s forthcoming autonomous drive technology in the demanding conditions of London streets underlines our commitment to delivering Nissan Intelligent Mobility to our customers,” said Takao Asami, senior vice president, Research and Advanced Engineering at Nissan.

The test follows Nissan’s announcement at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show of plans to launch a new model of its LEAF electric car that will feature the company’s single-lane autonomous driving capabilities for motorway driving.

The carmaker also plans to introduce multi-lane autonomous driving technology next year that will enable automatic lane changes, and to launch autonomous driving on urban roads and at intersections in 2020.