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June 7, 2024

Nissan Begins On-Road Tests Of In-House Developed Self-Driving Tech

Nissan has started public road testing of a self-driving Leaf EV equipped with its in-house-developed autonomous drive technologies.

The Leaf EV prototype vehicle incorporates 14 cameras, 10 radars, and 6 LIDAR sensors. It demonstrates Nissan’s progress in the field of autonomous driving, particularly within complex urban environments. Compared to earlier prototypes the company has demonstrated, the latest test vehicle features an array of roof-mounted sensors, significantly expanding the detection area and enabling more accurate detection of its surroundings.

As a result, recognition performance, behavioral prediction, and judgment functions, as well as control functions have been enhanced, delivering smooth operation in a variety of complex scenarios. Around the busy streets of Yokohama, close to Nissan’s global headquarters in Japan, the Leaf prototype is able to smoothly demonstrate its ability to predict the behavior of pedestrians, conduct lane changes when merging, and judge when to safely enter intersections.

Nissan has been studying business models for future mobility services since fiscal year 2017. While the current demonstration is being conducted at SAE Level 2 equivalent with a safety driver present, the company aims to continue to expand functionality and to begin offering autonomous-drive mobility services within Japan, starting in fiscal year 2027 working with third parties such as local authorities and transport operators.

In the fourth quarter of this fiscal year, Nissan aims to begin trials in the Minato Mirai area, and plans to progress to service demonstration tests within fiscal year 2025. During the trials, the level of autonomous driving functionality will be gradually increased while assessing customer acceptance, with the aim to provide driverless services.

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