The Nissan Qashqai is to become the first Autonomous vehicle produced by Renault-Nissan, in 2017. Renault-Nissan have already confirmed there is to be 10+ autonomous cars by the year 2020.
The system is to be called ‘Piloted-Drive 1.0’ and will be the first self-driving technology that the giant car company will roll out in a production car. Thanks to the addition of ‘Piloted Drive 1.0’ the Nissan Qashqai will be able to travel autonomously on the single lane of a motorway, including when the car is driving in traffic.
Renault-Nissan has said that, autonomous technology will be “installed on mainstream, mass-market cars at affordable prices”, and in 2018 – they’re set to release a ‘multi-lane control’ system, which will allow vehicles to automatically change lanes and avoid hazards when driving autonomously whilst on the motorway. It doesn’t end there, in 2020, a new function will arrive called ‘Intersection Autonomy’ which will allow vehicles to navigate junctions and heavy traffic in urban areas.
The first Qashqai’s equipped with ‘Piloted Drive 1.0’ will go on sale this year in Japan, with the technology set to be showcased in Europe with a demonstration. The autonomous technology will be at the option of the driver, who will be able to take back control at any time.
The chairman of Nissan Europe, Paul Wilcox has said “The introduction of Piloted Drive technologies will be an evolution not a revolution as the building blocks for this are already in place in many of our cars today through our Safety Shield Technology.
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