To meet recently announced goal to have autonomous cars in production by 2020, Nissan will be soon starting to test Advanced Driver Assist System on Japanese roads.
Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn has taken delivery of Japan’s first license plate for a car equipped with highly advanced driver assist systems. It clears the way for a Nissan Leaf equipped with the technology to be tested on the public roads in Japan for the first time.
The systems are designed to allow the driver to manually take over control at any time.
The license plate on the all electric Leaf has a number 2020, which reflects Nissan’s goal to be ready with multiple, commercially viable Autonomous Drive vehicles by the year 2020.
“This is an ordinary license plate for an extraordinary vehicle,” said Nissan president and CEO Carlos Ghosn. “A month ago we revealed to the world our 2020 Autonomous Drive target. Road testing of the underlying technologies is critical to maintaining our leadership position and we are grateful to the Government of Japan for its support.”
The Nissan LEAF to be tested is capable of a number of functions, including:
-Automatic lane change
-Automatic overtaking slower or stopped vehicles
-Automatic deceleration behind congestion on freeways
-Automatic stopping at red lights