The Nissan Qashqai will become the first autonomous vehicle produced by Renault -Nissan in 2017. According to Renault-Nissan, the Qashqai will get a new ‘Piloted-Drive 1.0’ system which will be the first self-driving technology that the company will install in a production car.
With the addition of the Piloted-Drive 1.0 system, the Qashqai will be able to travel autonomously on the single lane of a motorway, including when driving in traffic. According to Renault-Nissan, the technology will be installed on mainstream mass-market cars at affordable prices. They have already confirmed that there will be 10+ autonomous cars by the year 2020.
In 2018, Renault-Nissan are poised to release a ‘multi-lane control’ system that will allow vehicles to automatically change lanes and avoid hazards when driving autonomously on motorways. In 2020, a new function will arrive which will be called ‘Intersection autonomy’. It will allow vehicles to navigate junctions and heavy traffic in urban areas.
The first of the Nissan Qashqai’s to be equipped with the Piloted Drive system will go on sale in Japan later this year. The technology is set to be showcased in Europe with a demonstration. According to Renault-Nissan, the technology will be at the control of the driver who will be able to take back control at any time.
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