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Nissan test autonomous vehicles in Tokyo

Nissan have started testing their fully autonomous vehicles on the streets of Tokyo.

The motoring company showed off their ProPILOT technology on a modified INFINITI Q50 sports sedan in the Japanese capital city, technology which they hope to bring to the public by 2020.

The vehicle is able to operate autonomously on urban roads and highways as soon as the driver inputs their destination using in-car navigation system.

It works by using 12 sonars and 12 cameras as well as nine millimetre wave radars, six laser scanners and a high-definition map. These help it to "analyse complex scenarios in real time" and therefore, allow it to navigate around busy cities.

Takao Asami, Nissan's senior vice president in charge of research and advanced engineering, said: "Ingenuity is at the heart of everything we do at Nissan. 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."

It comes after Nissan unveiled a new feature for the next generation Leaf electric vehicle, which helps drivers to accelerate, brake and steer.

In a post revealing the new technology, they wrote recently: "The widely anticipated new Nissan LEAF will feature state-of-the-art ProPILOT Assist technology, Nissan's driver-assistance technology that reduces the hassle of stop-and-go highway driving. ProPILOT Assist supports drivers by helping control acceleration, braking and steering during single-lane driving on the highway.

"In the coming years, Nissan's ProPILOT technology will offer increasing levels of autonomy, with the system eventually able to navigate city intersections. Set to help make driving more secure and more enjoyable, ProPILOT Assist is part of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company's blueprint for transforming how cars are driven, powered and integrated into society.

"By launching the LEAF, the world's first mass-market electric vehicle, Nissan established itself as a pioneer in the EV movement. Today the Nissan LEAF is the world's best-selling electric vehicle with more than 270,000 sold worldwide."

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