nissan nsc2015 Nissan unveils self driving car that arrives when called

Nissan has unveiled a self-driving car that can park itself and drive up to a passenger when called, adding to a growing arena of autonomous automobiles.

Nissan has unveiled a self-driving car that can park itself and drive up to a passenger when called, adding to a growing arena of autonomous automobiles.

 
The NSC-2015, a modification of the Nissan Leaf, was shown off at the CEATEC electronics show in Tokyo, where it drove in a straight line at 5km/h, and demonstrated turning and driving in reverse, as well as the ability to recognise road markings.
 
The highlight of the showcase, however, was when an employee directed the car to drive towards him from his smartphone, giving everyone the opportunity for a personal James Bond moment. 
 
Nissan said smartphones can be used to tell the car to park after having left the vehicle, and the car will search for an empty car space on its own, potentially alleviating that one major irritation for drivers in packed car parks. The car can then be summoned again later.
 
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Since a self-driving car is likely to attract a lot of attention, security is a focus for Nissan. It has installed a security camera system that alerts the driver (or passenger – can we really call someone a driver in this case?) of any suspicious activity via his or her smartphone.
 
While the technology sounds very impressive, it is still in its early design stages. The demo utilised extra sensors in parking spaces and other self-driving cars, and Nissan said it will be a while before it is ready for driving on real roads or parking in real car parks.
 
Google has been testing its own self-driving cars, securing a licence for the technology in Nevada in May, with new legislation making the cars legal in California signed last week. Nissan's unveiling is likely the first of many from car manufacturers eager to get in on this trend.
 
 
Source: BBC