Recently, the Japanese carmaker Nissan unveiled its milestones plan for autonomous driving. The first step will be the introduction of a traffic jam pilot and an automatic parking system. By 2020 semi-autonomous cars will have gone to serial production.
IN A SPEECH TO THE FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT CLUB of Japan, Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault-Nissan, announced the availability of multi-lane control systems by 2018. This will allow cars to autonomously negotiate hazards and change lanes. “And before the end of the decade, we will introduce intersection-autonomy, enabling vehicles to negotiate city cross-roads without driver intervention," stated Carlos Ghosn, who is also the president of ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association). He described the Japanese automaker’s autonomous drive technologies, which will be introduced gradually. In close cooperation with dozens of researchers from Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, MIT, Oxford Stanford, and major Japanese universities, Nissan is developing the necessary technologies to make autonomous vehicles a reality.
The next step is the introduction of a traffic-jam pilot. This allows self-driving at slow speeds. Nissan will also provide an automated parking functionality. It is not clear yet if the car can park without a driver sitting in the vehicle. Of course, all these new features require intensive communication between the related ECUs (electronic control unit). This includes CAN communication.
The subsequent function in the direction of autonomous driving will be multi-lane control. It will allow cars to autonomously negotiate hazards and change lanes. This function works in conjunction with adaptive cruise control (ACC), enabling a car to steer around slower traffic if the adjacent lanes are clear. “
“Before the end of the decade, we will introduce intersection-autonomy, enabling vehicles to negotiate city cross-roads without driver intervention,” said Nissan’s CEO. This does not mean that the driver will no longer bear responsibility. The Nissan cars will be able to drive themselves in some situations, but this is not yet fully autonomous driving.
These are the driving functions which are supposed to be automated by 2020.
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