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Nissan Develops Autonomous LEAF

January 06, 2017

Photo of Carlos Ghosn courtesy of Nissan.
Photo of Carlos Ghosn courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan has developed a battery-electric LEAF with autonomous driving capabilities that allow it to navigate a single-lane highway, Nissan announced at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Nissan made several other announcements, including a partnership with cities to enable self-driving vehicles.

Carlos Ghosn, Nissan chairman of the board, and chief executive officer, also announced "Seamless Autonomous Mobility," or SAM, at CES 2017. Part of Nissan's Intelligent Integration, and developed from NASA technology, SAM combines in-vehicle artificial intelligence (A.I.) with human support to help autonomous vehicles make decisions in unpredictable situations and build the knowledge of in-vehicle A.I.

As part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Nissan announced that it would be teaming up with Japanese internet company DeNA to begin tests aimed at developing driverless vehicles for commercial services. According to Nissan, testing will begin this year in designated zones in Japan, with the hopes of bringing the technology to the Tokyo Metropolitan by 2020 for commercial use.

The Renault-Nissan alliance also announced a partnership Microsoft to build the next generation of connected car technologies, including utilizing personal assistant technology Cortana in vehicles.

Nissan is also forming a partnership with 100 Resilient Cities: Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC). The 100RC and Nissan partnership will help cities lay the groundwork for autonomous drive, electric vehicles, and new mobility services, according to Nissan.

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