Nissan is one of the car manufacturers who invested a lot in developing autonomous driving technologies. And now it pays off, as Nissan is set to become the first affordable brand who offers this technology on its cars. Nissan Qashqai will be the company’s first vehicle in Europe to feature autonomous ‘Piloted Drive’ technology when it rolls off the line next year, Nissan announced today.

Produced at Nissan’s plant in Sunderland, UK, the refreshed Qashqai will be equipped with ‘Piloted Drive 1.0’ a feature that allows cars to drive autonomously and safely in a single lane in heavy traffic conditions on highways.

Before this, thousands of hours of testing and multiple sensors on the car will ensure that the system anticipates its surroundings correctly.
Nissan has already set out its commitment to launch a range of vehicles with autonomous drive capabilities by 2020, including vehicles that will be able to safely navigate city intersections.

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During the next four years, Nissan will launch vehicles with increased autonomous capabilities like “multiple-lane control,” which can autonomously negotiate hazards and change lanes during highway driving. And by the end of the decade, Nissan will introduce “inner-city” autonomy, enabling vehicles to negotiate city cross-roads and intersections without driver intervention.