Nissan's Next-gen Leaf Will Kind of, Sort of, Drive Itself
After hemming and hawing for what seemed like forever, Nissan will bring American electric vehicle enthusiasts a long-overdue new Leaf later this year. Say goodbye to that old, swoopy body and 107-mile range (at best), and give a cheerful hello to a not-yet-revealed body, undisclosed driving range, and
In a statement, Nissan claims it will flesh out ProPilot with more abilities as technologies advance.
“In the coming years, Nissan’s ProPILOT technology will offer increasing levels of autonomy, with the system eventually able to navigate city intersections,” the automaker said. So, a fairly large hop at the beginning, and baby steps afterwards.
Last year, Nissan claimed it will offer “a multiple-lane, ProPilot autonomous drive technology that allows highway lane change” by 2018. By 2020, the automaker expects the technology to be able to handle driving on urban roads, including navigating intersections.
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- ToolGuy CXXVIII comments?!?
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I read rumors elsewhere that the initial versions of the 2018 Leaf won't have 200-mile range.
I would consider an electric car only if/when it is cheaper to operate than a gasoline automobile. All of this high tech so-called "safety" features hold absolutely no interest to me. I guess my wife and I will just keep our 2000 Corolla with 205,000 miles she bought brand new. I'd buy another Corolla just like it if they still built them. The new Corolla has all of those ridiculous features I have no interest in buying, nor having my mechanic trying to diagnose 13 years from now when the car has over 150,000 miles on it.