Nissan’s first on-road autonomous vehicle to be tested in Europe

February 2017 will see Nissan provide on-road demonstrations of autonomous driving cars. The demonstrations will showcase next-generation technology, Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM), making vehicles smarter, more responsive and better at making decisions in a variety of driving environments.

The real-world demonstrations will take place in London, enabling the vehicles and their passengers to cover a diverse city environment.

Following recent announcements of both the refreshed Nissan Qashqai and the new Nissan LEAF, both models (coming soon), will be equipped with autonomous drive technology to enable single lane autonomous driving on motorways.

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said: "Government and industry are working together to build on our world class reputation for excellence as a leading location for automotive R&D and manufacturing. We want to see centres, like Nissan's here in Cranfield, continue to develop, making us a world leader in the development and testing of auto technology so we can anchor the next generation of vehicle manufacturing and its supply chain here in the UK." 

The autonomous vehicle demonstrations will primarily be available in the new LEAF by passengers including government officials and technical and safety experts, giving them the opportunity to experience and test the technology in a live environment.

The Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE), is the European Research and Development hub for Nissan. They are developing autonomous drive technologies as well as new advanced fuel, energy and efficiency technologies, in collaboration with the Nissan Technical Centre and Advanced Technical Centre in Japan.

Paul Willcox, Chairman, Nissan Europe, said: “Innovation and ingenuity is at the heart of the Nissan brand and its people. We’ve been developing that pioneering spirit for over half a century in Europe and for over 30 years in Britain. With future models secured and cutting-edge innovation being developed right here in the UK, we’re looking forward to a strong future of designing, engineering and manufacturing in the country for customers right across the world.”

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