Nissan Displays Major Progress in its Autonomous-Drive Mobility Services

June 15th, 2024 by

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Nissan is making headway toward its aim of launching autonomous mobility services by the end of the 2027 fiscal year by demonstrating a prototype car outfitted with its own autonomous drive technologies. The Nissan LEAF prototype car has six LIDAR sensors, ten radars, and fourteen cameras. It illustrates Nissan’s advancements in autonomous driving, especially in intricate urban settings. The most recent test car has a number of sensors mounted on the roof, which greatly increases the detecting area and allows for more precise sensing of its surroundings than previous prototypes the business has shown.

A range of intricate scenarios can now operate smoothly because of improvements in recognition performance, behavioral prediction, judgment, and control functions. Close to Nissan’s global headquarters in Japan, on the bustling streets of Yokohama, the LEAF prototype can seamlessly display its abilities to anticipate pedestrian behavior, manage lane changes during merging traffic, and determine when it is safe to enter intersections.

Since the 2017 fiscal year, Nissan has been researching potential business models for upcoming mobility services. The company intends to continue expanding functionality and start providing autonomous-drive mobility services within Japan, starting in fiscal year 2027, while the current demonstration is being carried out at SAE Level 2 equivalent with a safety driver present. This will be accomplished by collaborating with third parties, such as local authorities and transport operators. Nissan intends to start trials in the Minato Mirai area in the fourth quarter of this fiscal year, and by the next fiscal year (2025), it hopes to go on to service demonstration tests. In order to deliver driverless services, the degree of autonomous driving functionality will be progressively enhanced during the trials while consumer approval is being evaluated.

The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and other central ministries are closely collaborating on this program. The ministries will create a Level 4 transportation Acceleration Committee and will support projects aimed at implementing new autonomous transportation services. Nissan’s long-term goal is to enable mobility by resolving local communities’ problems with transportation services. Due to an aging population, local communities, especially those in Japan, have been dealing with a number of mobility-related issues, such as a driver shortage. Nissan is committed to facilitating unrestricted mobility by offering an extensive array of novel services.

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