It seems like the Asian car giant has become more confident in its autonomous car project. This week the first Nissan vehicles hit the roads of the British capital. London in fact has become the first European city to welcome these driverless vehicles.
Today Nissan LEAF electric cars can demonstrate speed of up to 50 mph, and its radars and cameras installed around the car will scan the surrounding space and give an opportunity to drive not only down local streets, but move to wide city roads with several lanes.
There are certain quite obvious reasons why British authorities are so enthusiastic about hosting the driving tests on their territory because the new rapidly developing industry of driverless vehicles promises to be worth $1,000,000,000,000+ in less than a decade. British driving and insurance regulations are also being changed taking into account the possibility to be applied to self-driving vehicles, too.
So, all these changes appeared to be rather attractive for Nissan, and the Japanese company chose the UK capital as its first European platform for organizing urban tests. Meanwhile, Nissan plans to test the cars in rather simple parts of the city and then move to more difficult districts. First, the route will be somewhere around the ExCeL center and the local airport.
Of course, Nissan had to provide the details of its testing routes to the respective London authority body. The company also gave a word to share all needed information on any possible accident that might occur with one of the self-driving vehicles.
The current version of the autonomous system makes it possible to switch traditional driving with a human driver to driverless mode just in one touch. A driver-passenger will also have an opportunity to be aware of all other nearest cars thanks to the implemented radars and cameras. You will also know the precise speed of your vehicle.
The self-driving car equipment seems to be rather secure and well-thought for an average customer. Thus, such Nissan vehicles have over 20 different sensors and cameras that are installed around the car. The speed of the car is considered rather high, too, compared to other autonomous cars that have been tested on the British territory so far. Nissan’s plans include a couple of other European cities – Paris, too – to be the test ground for the company’s driverless cars.