Driving the self-driving Leaf
This is an autonomous Nissan Leaf. Driving on real roads in London. And doing such a great job of it that it actually feels rather routine.
I’m chatting away with its engineer, Tetsuya Iijima, and he seems pretty relaxed, but he’s got to keep an eye on what’s happening and wrest control if something goes wrong.
But he doesn’t have to. The Leaf just beetles along, following the 20-minute route on its satnav. Avoiding other cars and bicycles. Stopping at red lights and starting on green. And yes, giving way on zebras. All without human intervention of any kind.
In 2020, Nissan will offer for sale a car that can do what this does on quieter roads, a few after that in city centres. The tech has well and truly arrived.