Renault-Nissan has already confirmed 10-plus autonomous cars by 2020, and the Qashqai will be the first to use the new tech

The Nissan Qashqai will be able to travel autonomously on the single lane of a highway, including when driving in traffic, from 2017.

Renault-Nissan has already confirmed plans to launch more than 10 autonomous vehicles before 2020, and 'Piloted Drive 1.0' is the first self-driving technology the firm will roll out in a production car.

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Autonomous technology will be “installed on mainstream, mass-market cars at affordable prices”, Renault-Nissan has said, and in 2018, a ‘multi-lane control’ system will allow the car to automatically change lanes and avoid hazards when driving autonomously on the highway. Two years after that its ‘intersection autonomy’ function will arrive, which will allow a car to navigate junctions and heavy traffic in urban areas.

The Piloted Drive-equipped Qashqai will go on sale in Japain this year, and the technology will also be showcased in Europe with a demonstration. All of the technology will be at the option of the driver, who can take back control at any time.

The Qashqai, which has been seen with a new trim level in concept form at the Geneva motor show, is the first car to get self-driving tech, but the next-generation Nissan Leaf would be a prime candidate to also get it given the recent IDS Concept at the Tokyo show that previewed the next Leaf featuring autonomous technology.

Paul Willcox, chairman of Nissan Europe, said: "The introduction of Piloted Drive technologies will be an evolution not a revolution as the building blocks for this are already in place in many of our cars today through our Safety Shielf Technology."

Renault-Nissan has also said it will launch a “suite of new connectivity applications that will make it easier for people to stay connected to work, entertainment and social networks”.

Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn said: “Renault-Nissan Alliance is deeply committed to the twin goals of zero emissions and zero fatalities. That’s why we are developing autonomous driving and connectivity for mass-market, mainstream vehicles on three continents.”

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8 January 2016

A "suite of new connectivity applications that will make it easier for people to stay connected to work, entertainment and social networks”

8 January 2016
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A "suite of new connectivity applications that will make it easier for people to stay connected to work, entertainment and social networks”

As the law will still hold the "driver" as responsible for any crash or laws broken regardless of whether the car was actually under the command of the driver I will not be buying one.

Why all the push for "connectivity" in cars? As much of the rural road network has not even got reliable cell phone coverage let alone good enough for Internet use what on earth is the use of it.

I am all for technology like all round camera vision on a car so you can see small children and all the low bollards etc that councils love to install everywhere that you cannot see from the drivers seat but certainly do not want every dipstick in the world to be able to distract me whilst driving, or not actually driving but being held responsible for when the electronics has a fit.

8 January 2016

The future is looking good. Full and compulsory autonomy for all vehicles, when it comes, will offer a quantum leap into the future for humans. The advantages are so wide ranging it's dizzying to think about it. There will be a grieving period for people who think driving is some kind of right, but they'll get over it, as will motorcyclists, since they won't exist any more in the new world. But the vast majority, or their children, will be like the Smash Potato Robots falling over themselves laughing in disbelief at the old days when human beings were actually allowed to kill two million of each other a year by doing something they are fundamentally rubbish at.

8 January 2016

blah blah blah, this is so not going to happen, the nearest they're get is adaptive cruise control on an empty motorway and on the dash there be a warning saying "get ready to grab the wheel". I'd so love to see one of these cars drive around London Friday afternoon, NOT. Oh yea Renault forgot to mention the price of this extra (surprize surprize) £50,000 for a Meganne?


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6 March 2016

The reason for the push to connectivity is simply 'feature adding' Electronics are cheaper than ever, I bought a watch in China recently with a mobile phone in it for £15. Adding tech. to a car increases the spec. list for minimal cost to the manufacture. --- What scares me about this more, is does it indicate actual car development has topped out with what is possible within current fuel and road conditions?. We are not going to get any quieter better riding cars with better power trains, maybe that has peaked. Like an iphone, there is simply no more functionality you can do with the hardware so they just make it thinner. Look at how many things now from battery chargers to toasters come with gratuitous electronics, do you really need an LCD display on a kettle? (yes these do exist!). I would rather have a sweet driving but basic car that soothes the bumps away but still goes around a corner on rails and can withstand a head on with a drunk driver. But that takes expensive large lumps of metal, so what we are getting is cheap bits of copper tracked circuit board and LED's.

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