Driv­ing the self-driv­ing Leaf

Top Gear (UK) - - THE TEN - PH

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.

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