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EC President Tusk Takes Nissan Autonomous Ride

Ise-Shima, Japan - May 26 – European Council President Donald Tusk had a front-seat view to Nissan’s ProPilot autonomous drive technology on Thursday at the G7 summit in Ise-shima, Mie Prefecture, amid a Group of Seven cavalcade of next-generation vehicles.

The Nissan autonomous drive road session was one of a number of events planned during the Japan-hosted G7 Summit on May 26 and 27.

The prototype vehicle, based on the Nissan LEAF, a 100% electric vehicle, was equipped with special features such as a millimeter wave radar, laser scanners, cameras, and a specialized HMI (Human Machine Interface) to support autonomous driving.

The G7 Summit autonomous drive vehicle demonstration allowed President Tusk to experience how ProPilot technology could navigate roads, incorporating two innovative functionalities.

The first is a miniature, high-spec laser scanner that determines the distance between the vehicle and its surroundings through precise three-dimensional measurements enabling navigation in tight spaces.

The second is an eight-way, 360-degree view camera system for accurate routing decisions at intersections and on sharp curving roads. The technologies were tested on roads and highways in Japan and the United States earlier this year.

Nissan will introduce the “ProPilot” technology in a model in Japan later this year, and then expand availability to Europe, United States and China.

ProPilot allows autonomous drive functionality in congested highway traffic conditions. By 2018, Nissan plans multiple-lane, piloted autonomous drive technology that will facilitate highway-lane change, while by 2020, a new technology will allow driving on urban roads, including intersections.

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