The Nissan Leaf electric hatchback made the longest trip on UK roads on autopilot, driving 370 kilometers automatically. The car route passed through highways, complex junctions and intersections, as well as along country roads.
The electric car participated in a project called HumanDrive, which is sponsored by the UK government, as well as by a number of companies and organizations. The amount of investment in the program amounted to 13.5 million pounds (approximately 1.1 billion rubles).
The drone based on the Nissan Leaf is equipped with a GPS satellite navigation system, LiDAR optical rangefinder, radars and cameras that allow the electronics to navigate in space. As part of the HumanDrive project, the researchers also tested computer-based learning technology, which will allow applying the experience gained in the further development of automatic control systems.
At the end of 2019, the updated Nissan Leaf debuted, the ProPilot system of which added modernized speed control technology and an improved parking function. As an option, the new Canto system (“I sing”), which makes a special sound when driving, is designed to improve pedestrian safety. The pitch will change depending on how the car moves: accelerates, decelerates, or reverses.