Nissan Leaf Piloted Drive 1.0 concept

Η Nissan θέλει έως το 2020 να έχει περάσει στα μοντέλα της αυτόνομη τεχνολογία και σήμερα, η ιαπωνική εταιρία παρουσιάζει το Leaf Piloted Drive 1.0 concept.Το πρωτότυπο βασίζεται πάνω στο Leaf, διαθέτοντας μια σειρά αισθητήρων, 12 κάμερες, 5 ραντάρ, 4 σαρωτές λέιζερ καθώς και αισθητήρα υπερύχων, με όλα τα παραπάνω να του επιτρέπουν να αλλάζει λωρίδα κυκλοφορίας αυτόνομα, να κινείται στον αυτοκινητόδρομο, να μπαίνει και να βγαίνει από αυτόν, ακόμη και να κάνει προσπεράσεις, χωρίς ο οδηγός να χρειάζεται να κάνει το παραμικρό.

Διάβασε επίσης: Τα αυτόνομα αυτοκίνητα πρέπει να προγραμματιστούν να σκοτώνουν ανθρώπους (;)

Οι δοκιμές έχουν ξεκινήσει σε πραγματικές συνθήκες τόσο Advanced Technology Center της Nissan, που βρίσκεται νότια του Τόκιο, όσο και σε δημόσιους δρόμους της Ιαπωνίας, με την Nissan να θέλει μέχρι το 2018 να βγάζει στην αγορά ένα σύστημα που θα επιτρέπει στα αυτοκίνητα να “αντιμετωπίζουν κινδύνους και να αλλάζουν λωρίδες”. Μέχρι το τέλος της δεκαετίας, το σύστημα αυτό, θα αποκτήσει και την δυνατότητα να διαχειρίζεται διασταυρώσεις χωρίς την παρέμβαση του οδηγού, έτσι ώστε το αυτοκίνητο να μπορεί να κινείται αυτόνομα σε όλες σχεδόν τις συνθήκες, συμπεριλαμβανομένων και της πολύπλοκης οδήγησης εντός πόλης.


Πλήρως αυτόνομα αυτοκίνητα, τα οποία θα μπορούν να λειτουργήσουν χωρίς καν να υπάρχει οδηγός μέσα τους, αναμένονται στην αγορά σε τουλάχιστον μια δεκαετία από σήμερα.

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Nissan conducts first on-road test of prototype vehicle featuring piloted drive on highway and city/urban roads

YOKOHAMA, Japan (October 29 2015) – Nissan has begun testing its first prototype vehicle that demonstrates piloted drive on both highway and city/urban roads.

Nissan maintains two corporate visions of a sustainable mobile society: “Zero Emission” and “Zero Fatality.” For Zero Emission, the company’s goal is to eliminate the emission of CO2 gasses from Nissan vehicles; while Zero Fatality is an aspirational goal that aims to eliminate virtually all fatalities stemming from traffic accidents.

“Vehicle Intelligence” will play a key role in realizing the concept of Zero Fatality; therefore, the company is developing an advanced form of vehicle intelligence called “Nissan Intelligent Driving,” which is comprised of various innovative features that will be introduced in stages.

For Stage One, Nissan will offer “Piloted Drive 1.0” by the end of 2016 in Japan. Piloted Drive 1.0 allows for autonomous driving under heavy highway traffic conditions. By 2018, the company hopes to implement a multiple lane piloted drive that can conduct lane changes on highways. And by 2020, a new technology will be introduced that allows vehicles to successfully manage city/urban roads- including intersections- autonomously.

The prototype vehicle making its public debut today will be tested in actual traffic conditions on both the highway and city/urban roads to develop and further enhance Nissan Intelligent Driving for public use. The vehicle is based on the Nissan LEAF electric vehicle and it is equipped with features such as a millimeter wave radar, laser scanners, cameras, high-speed computer chips, and a specialized HMI (Human Machine Interface), just to name a few. All of this helps allow the vehicle to operate in an autonomous manner on both highway and city/urban roads except for setting destination points into the navigation system. These tests are planned for Japan as well as overseas in the near future.

Nissan has developed two innovative technologies that can make piloted drive possible on city/urban roads. The first is the miniature, high-spec laser scanner. Currently in its prototype stages, the laser scanner determines the distance between the vehicle and its surroundings through the use of precise three-dimensional measurement that enables the vehicle to navigate routes in tight spaces. The other new technology is an 8-way 360-degree view camera system that allows for accurate routing decisions when driving through intersections and sharp curving roads. The new prototype vehicle possesses both of these innovative features, facilitating smooth transportation through complex traffic environments, helping the occupants feel as though they are in the hands of a skilled driver.

“We at Nissan are setting clear goals and preparing for the implementation of piloted drive. The prototype that we’re introducing here today is proof of how close we are towards the realization of this goal. Nissan aspires for a safe and trouble-free motoring future, and we plan on leading the industry in the implementation of piloted drive,” Senior Vice President of Nissan, Takao Asami, said.