Nissan plans to launch a Semi-Autonomous Qashqai and its set to hit the European market in 2017. The Renault Nissan Partnership has already announced their plan to launch 10 autonomous and affordable models back in January this year and they plan to complete said launch by 2020. These models are set to hit the United States, Europe, Japan and China markets by then.
The Semi-Autonomous Qashqai is going to be the first crossover to be equipped with their new “single-lane control” called the Piloted Drive 1.0. This system is supposed to drive your car autonomously in a single lane in both traffic heavy conditions and on the highway.
Nissan will be adding this feature to more than just the Qashqai and more improvements are on the way. Following the single-lane control system is more autonomous feature called the “multiple-lane control”. This second feature is expected to come out in 2018 and with it, your car will be able to negotiate hazards by itself and change lanes on the highway.
Finally, by the time 2020 comes around Nissan will release the “intersection autonomy” system. This new system will equip the cars with the capability to navigate city intersections and congested urban traffic without any input from you. Combine all three and you’ll have a fully autonomous car.
Before the Piloted Drive 1.0 Qashqai launches in Europe, it will first be made available in Japan but don’t worry. Nissan will have an on-road demo in Europe this year before it goes on sale.
Nissan was the first manufacturer to make electric vehicles affordable for the masses and Paul Willcox, Chairman of Nissan Europe, announced the same sentiment when it comes to autonomous vehicles: “(Nissan Qashqai) is a car people love. It's a car people trust. It pioneered the crossover boom, and now it will spearhead Nissan's move towards launching a range of vehicles with autonomous drive capabilities from 2017. Yet again, we are taking technology normally found in premium cars and making it accessible to millions of motorists.”