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.