Latest in Automobile

Image credit:

Nissan's autonomous Leaf shows its smarts on Japanese test track

Darren Murph
10.01.13
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Now that Nissan's partially automated Leaf has the proverbial green light to traverse some of Japan's roadways, we figured we'd place our lives in the hands of various computer systems in order to have one whisk us around a test track at CEATEC. This year's autonomous Leaf demo was a step up from last year, with our test vehicle trained to not only stay between the lines, but also pause and evaluate the situation when faced with a fellow car.

An on-site representative informed us that off-the-shelf PC components are being used to calculate its motions at the moment, and yes, it's a Windows-based system underneath (for now, anyway). A suite of prohibitively expensive lasers keep the car from veering outside of its lane, while onboard processing determines whether a stopped or slowed vehicle is passable or not. The company has tested the automated Leaf at speeds as high as 70 kilometers per hour, but we barely broke 15 on the track. Speaking of which, you can catch a bit of footage from our ride just after the break.

Mat Smith and Richard Lai contributed to this report.

Gallery: Nissan's autonomous Leaf shows its smarts on Japanese test track | 8 Photos

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's Guide to Privacy

Engadget's Guide to Privacy

View
Mark Zuckerberg visited Donald Trump at the White House

Mark Zuckerberg visited Donald Trump at the White House

View
TCL's 2019 quantum dot-enhanced 4K TVs go on sale starting at $599

TCL's 2019 quantum dot-enhanced 4K TVs go on sale starting at $599

View
Google to invest record-breaking amount in renewable energy

Google to invest record-breaking amount in renewable energy

View
Airbnb plans to go public in 2020

Airbnb plans to go public in 2020

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr