Nissan Sunderland leads the way for ‘driverless’ technology

Nissan Sunderland leads the way for ‘driverless’ technology

Nissan’s flagship manufacturing plant in Sunderland is set to be at the forefront of the company’s European roll-out of ‘driverless’ technology.

The Nissan Qashqai crossover will be the Japanese producer’s first vehicle in Europe to feature autonomous ‘Piloted Drive 1.0’, a feature that allows cars to drive freely and safely in a single lane in heavy traffic conditions.

Thousands of hours of careful testing have ensured that the system is aware of its surroundings. 

The announcement, which took place at a specialist event in Geneva, Switzerland, marks an important step towards the company’s commitment to launch a range of vehicles with self driving capabilities by 2020.

September 2015 saw the latest generation Qashqai become the fastest ever UK-built vehicle to smash the half million production mark, with a Qashqai rolling off the Sunderland plant line every 62 seconds since 2014.

Paul Willcox, chairman of Nissan Europe, said: “The Nissan Qashqai has always been a trailblazer in the market so it’s fitting that customers will get to experience the future of mobility in our award-winning crossover as early as 2017.

“With the driver in control, we want to remove the pain-points of being behind the wheel and put the excitement back into driving,” adds Mr Willcox.