Nissan has demonstrated a fully-autonomous Infiniti Q50 on the streets of Tokyo, showing off the technology it hopes to introduce in 2020.
The technology forms the next-generation ProPILOT system and incorporates 12 sonars, 12 cameras, nine millimetre-wave radars, six laser scanners and a high-definition map to analyze complex scenarios in real time. What is particularly impressive about the Q50 prototype is that all of the sensors and cameras are relatively subtle and don’t stick out like a sore-thumb, unlike Apple’s alternative.
The Japanese manufacturer says its next-generation ProPILOT technology will allow the vehicle to operate autonomously on urban roads and freeways from the moment the driver inputs a destination in the navigation system.
The software that forms a crucial part of the system is said to be so advanced that the car provides a “human-like driving feel that gives passengers peace of mind” and is able to smoothly maneuver around obstacles in the road.
“Ingenuity is at the heart of everything we do at Nissan,” said Nissan senior vice president in charge of research and advanced engineering, Takao Asami.
“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.”