The Japanese government has issued the first official license plate for a Nissan car that has advanced driver assist systems. This will give the automaker the chance to test its autonomous vehicle technologies to meet their target of releasing it to the consumer market by 2020.
The new all-electric Nissan Leaf became eligible for the new kind of license classification because of six vehicle features, like automatic lane centering or adaptive cruise control, which is already available in their previous high-end models, like the Infiniti luxury brand. But the new car offers even more automated features like automatic exiting of freeways, automatic lane changes, overtaking a slow or stopped vehicle and stopping at red lights without driver involvement. These features will now be tested on Japan’s roads because of the new license plate, that was given the “20-20″ numerals in keeping with their goal to offer the cars to the market by that year.
Nissan president and CEO Carlos Ghosn is pleased and honored that an “ordinary license plate” was given to their “extraordinary vehicle”. He thanked the government for their support because testing this vehicle on the road with its new technologies is crucial to the company’s leadership potential in this market. Nissan’s goal is to be able to create a whole new line of cars that have intelligent and always-attentive co-pilots in order to contribute to safer driving.
[ via Wired ]