Japanese car giant, Nissan has launched an affordable British-built self-driving family car that can steer and brake by itself in the UK.
Nisan has loaded the Qashqai sports utility vehicle with highly developed autonomous driving technology that until now has never been possessed by any vehicle except only expensive luxury vehicles like Mercedez Benz models and top of the range BMW.
Nisan is among the first to test the latest model - and the autonomous driving modes – both on and off the road before it hits showrooms.
Fitted with Nissan’s latest ‘ProPilot’ system, the smart Qashqai, built at the company’s factory in Sunderland, Uk, can steer, accelerate and brake automatically with data supplied by a camera positioned on its windscreen and a radar behind badge on the front grille.
Nissan claims that its self-driving technology is presently there to assist the driver and not to take over from him or her.
It also stressed that the system should help to make driving ‘less stressful and more confident.’
Although the Nissan Qashqai can guide itself in highway lanes, due to legal reasons, unless the law over self-driving cars is clarified and updated, Nisan advises that drivers must hold the steering wheel while driving.
Drivers who take their hands off the wheel for 10 seconds or more are issued a series of visible and audible warnings to hold the wheel again. And if this warning is ignored, this will result in the car applying the brakes itself to stop the vehicle in 30 seconds.
The specifications for the new Nissan Qashqai with self-driving ProPilot technology:
Price: Ranges from £31,327 and £33,425 for special Pilot One Edition SV
Engine: 1.6 litre dCi 130 diesel, 4-cylinder
Gearbox: Manual or automatic
Drive: 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive
Width: 2070 (including mirrors)
Top speed: 114mph
CO2 emissions: 122g/km