Thursday, 30 March 2017

Nissan is making progress with vehicle autonomy too – Robert Llewellyn takes a ride

Video below, claimed to be provided by Elon Musk, shows a Tesla Model S driving unaided to an office building, dropping off its passenger, & finding a parking spot. While finding the parking spot, the Model S stops for a pedestrian. If this video was not sourced from Tesla, the parking lot contains a surprising number of their products.

Tesla gets the biggest share of the publicity, but most, if not all, car manufacturers are working on an autonomous vehicle. Robert Llewellyn, was recently a passenger in a Nissan Leaf with substantial autonomy. A Nissan engineer was in the driver’s seat & had to take over briefly, but an impressive demonstration, none-the-less.

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