Besides pulling off the wraps of the IMx Concept, a fully-electric crossover that packs more torque than a Lamborghini Aventador SV, Nissan also demonstrated their first fully autonomous driving technology on public roads in conjunction with the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show.
Dubbed as the next-generation ProPILOT technology, the autonomous driving system was equipped on a modified INFINITI Q50 Hybrid. The Q50 with ProPILOT uses 12 sonars, 12 cameras, 9 mm wave radars, six laser scanners and a high-definition map to navigate smoothly through the streets of Tokyo. The new hardware along with upgraded software helps the Q50 to drive through challenging city conditions such as busy intersections, lane changing and avoiding obstacles.
To operate the system, drivers – or in this case, passengers – only need to set their destination on the navigation system and the car will autonomously drive towards the destination using urban roads and/or freeways.
Nissan’s Senior Vice President in charge of research and advanced engineering, Takao Asami said, “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.”
Seems like in the year 2020, Japan will have ultra-luxurious and efficient taxis and driverless cars lurking on the streets of Tokyo – just in time when Tokyo will be hosting the Olympics. Coincidence? We think not.