See the Self-Driving Car in Action

Nissan LEAFLast month we blogged about Nissan’s promise to deliver market introduction of Autonomous Drive by 2020. Now, we are featuring a video clip from one of the very first public demonstrations of Nissan’s self-driving-car technology in Japan!

The demo is from Japan’s CEATEC (Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies) where companies come to strut their stuff in terms of technological, electronic, and IT developments and advancements. Last year, Nissan debuted self-parking technology; this year, the automaker outdid itself (and everyone else) with an all-electric LEAF equipped with Autonomous Drive and a large driving track on which it could be demonstrated and experienced.

With five cameras and five laser sensors, the self-driving LEAF was able to navigate the road at speeds of up to 45 mph, make turns at proper speeds, identify road markers, determine direction, move around a parked vehicle, and wow all in attendance.

Not surprisingly, Nissan’s Autonomous Drive technology took home the top CEATEC Innovation Award for 2013. We still have seven years to wait for Nissan’s estimated mastery of the self-driving car, but we couldn’t be more excited to go along for the ride and watch the technology grow. Be sure to watch the video below!

Self-Driving Nissans in 2020

Self-Driving NissansNissan is getting a lot of attention from auto industry fans and tech gurus alike with a recent announcement promising autonomous vehicles by 2020. Yes, it’s what it sounds like. Autonomous, as in self-driving. Self-driving, as in sit back, and enjoy the ride.

In a recent press release, Nissan guaranteed market introduction of Autonomous Drive technology by 2020. In the report, CEO Carlos Ghosn explains that Nissan’s confidence in meeting that deadline stems from success in establishing the LEAF as the world’s top-selling zero-emission EV. “Now I am committing to be ready to introduce a new ground-breaking technology, Autonomous Drive, by 2020, and we are on track to realize it,” Ghosn claimed.

Bearing in mind that over 90% of car accidents are the result of human error, the prospect of a self-driving vehicle is extremely attractive. Nissan’s press release illuminates the grim details, noting that more than six million crashes occur in the United States per year. In fact, car accidents are the leading killer of Americans from the ages of four to 34.

Therein lies Nissan’s motivation. As long as humans control cars, there will be collisions and accidents. No matter how hard we try, we’ll never be perfect. Nissan is planning to effectively reduce the necessary amount of input from the driver to help us stay safe on the road.

Nissan is currently working with the brilliant minds at MIT, Stanford, Oxford, and many other universities and institutions known for their technological prowess. According to the press release, testing grounds with real road conditions and geographic configurations are being constructed in Japan, and production and testing have been initialized to explore the strengths and limitations of current tech specs.

The future of transportation is right around the corner! Until then, we’ll keep driving our Nissans ourselves—come find the perfect one for you at James Ceranti Nissan!