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Nissan Leaf Passes Autonomous Driving Test, Notes Ferman Nissan of Tampa

The electric Nissan Leaf takes to the streets of Japan for the first time and performs perfectly.
TAMPA, FL, February 06, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ — In November 2013, a fully autonomous all-electric Nissan Leaf passed its first real-world driving test in Japan, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on board.
The car was the first autonomous vehicle in Japan to be issued a license plate, making it legal to operate the car on public roads. It took to the streets around a public garden near Japan’s parliament and the Imperial Palace.1 The car is equipped with Nissan’s Autonomous Drive system, which includes cameras, laser scanners, and radar to detect moving objects, such as pedestrians, and stationary objects, such as traffic signals and stop signs. The information picked up by all these detection devices is processed on board and the car’s computer decides how, and when, to accelerate, brake, and steer.1 The combination of sensors and computing power enables the car to merge, change lanes, and maintain a safe distance from other cars without any input from the driver.2
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