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Nissan ProPilot Goes For A Spin At G7 Summit

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Right now in Japan, leaders of the seven G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, and the US) and the European Union are meeting in Japan to discuss trade, education, the environment, and other international issues. Nissan saw this as the perfect opportunity to showcase the latest in autonomous driving technology, and offered ProPilot demonstrations to show how close the world could be to autonomous driving.

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So far, the most high-profile passenger in the Nissan ProPilot vehicle has been the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk. The prototype vehicle was the 100% electric Nissan LEAF, and it was equipped with a laser scanner, camera, millimeter wave radar, and specialized Human Machine Interface to make it ready to drive itself.

For President Tusk’s ride, the Nissan LEAF demonstrated how it uses the laser scanner to gauge how close the car is to other vehicles on the road and the rest of its surroundings. The 360-degree camera was used to give information to the computers driving so it could make the correct navigation choices on curving roads and in intersections.

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Before President Tusk slid into the upgraded Nissan LEAF, the technology was put to the test on Japanese and American roadways. According to the automaker, vehicles equipped with the latest edition of ProPilot will go on sale in Japan at the end of this year, with hopes it will move on to China, the US, and Europe later. Thanks to work by the United States government and recent speeches by Queen Elizabeth II, it looks as if semi-autonomous driving is part of our lives for good, and fully autonomous drive isn’t that far behind.