Japanese manufacturers have not so much praised the achievements of autonomous vehicles in the past, but it does not mean they have not worked on it. The effect of these works was recently presented by Honda and Toyota, and now Nissan engineers have bragged about their own vehicle project that does not need a driver.
Nissan representatives have stated that they are just starting their first public test vehicle prototype in Japan. The technology developed by them is called Piloted Drive and will soon pass its biggest test on the crowded roads of the metropolitan metropolis.
The project is based on a modified version of the Nissan Leaf, equipped with radar, laser scanners, as well as multiple cameras installed on the bodywork, observing the space around the vehicle. Data from all of these devices flow to a computer equipped with a fast processor and a specialized HMI (human-machine) interface.
Sensors analyze the surroundings, check the position of the objects, and also work on routing and avoiding obstacles. In other words, they are handling the car. Thanks to them, the vehicle can maneuver, keep distance from previous cars, maintain their own lane and change it if necessary, bypass slower or standing cars, turn at intersections, and stop at red light.
The HMI interface serves as the central command center, utilizing an LCD screen to display speed information, power levels in batteries, and a view of cameras located on the bodywork. The driver can also use the Head-Up Display, which is very useful because the car can move in both autonomous and manual mode. Then it does not differ in any way from the standard vehicles.
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