Nissan teamed up with MIT, Stanford, Oxford and others to equip its Leaf with the Autonomous Drive system. The Autonomous Drive is Nissan’s own brand of self-driving technology developed from its Safety Shield technology. The Autonomous Drive uses laser scanners coupled with the Around-View Monitoring system to study its surroundings. The company has also installed artificial intelligence systems to help the car navigate around changing environments, reports Autoblog.
Nissan showed off self-driving Leafs yesterday. The vehicles drove through simulated urban driving conditions while carrying passengers.
“The technology to create self-driving cars is already here,” Karl Brauer, senior industry analyst for Kelley Blue Book, told Bloomberg. “As sci-fi as it sounds, self-driving cars that don’t ever crash, reduce traffic congestion and make valet attendants obsolete are coming.”