Japanese, American, German cars-robots successfully drive on tracks as well as in normal traffic conditions of public roads for more than a year. But all this thing with robotic cars was just an experiment. It is much more difficult to make such system standard for serial vehicles while maintaining their affordability.
Modern control systems with slightest turns when the vehicle is accidently leaving the line, active \"cruise\" and automatic braking before heading off – such systems are just an intermediate step towards fully autonomous cars that can move around in the normal flow without any driver controlling them. Over the autopilot technology that will be able to take control over the machine on the highway, parking lot, in the city, many manufacturers are working since 2002. We’re talking about BMW, Volvo, Audi and Nissan. Besides, Nissan engineers have developed this topic and have already presented such things as parking and a fully autonomous system of autonomous emergency management.
The unmanned vehicle uses the round-view cameras and laser scanners to monitor the situation. The experiments with self-driving car were managed on the electric Leaf, but the autopilot, of course, went beyond this model and all electric vehicles that exist today. The logical development of this job is the appearance in the series of a vehicle with a full autopilot.
This is promised to happen by the end of 2020, that way Nissan engineers have only 6 years left to completely develop and test the technology. Not only will such feature add comfort, it will also reduce the number of accidents happening on the roads, or at least that’s what Nissan managers say.
Executive Vice President of Nissan’s Research Department, Mitsuhiko Yamashita, said in his recent interview: \"I think that the autonomic vehicle has a very high potential. It can store more information and communicate with the traffic and infrastructure of a road the way live person would. But unlike live person, such car would accumulate knowledge and databases wiser.\"