Nissan Set to Debut Semi-Autonomous Driving Tech in 2017

Nissan will start rolling out its self-driving technology in 2017.

At the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Nissan announced that the Qashqai crossover will be their first vehicle in Europe to feature autonomous driving technology. This refreshed crossover is expected to roll off the production line sometime next year. Equipped with the Japanese automaker’s “Piloted Drive 1.0” technology, it should be able to drive itself in a single lane of heavy traffic on highways.

To show off Piloted Drive 1.0, Nissan brought their Qashqai Premium concept to Switzerland. It features a more premium and dynamic design interpretation that could eventually enhance and extend the appeal of this popular crossover.

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The initial roll-out of this groundbreaking system is part Nissan’s four-year plan to bring autonomous driving technology to the market. By 2018, Piloted Drive will add the ability to automatically change lanes and swerve to avoid road hazards. Two years after that it should be able to navigate city intersections without any driver input.

The Qashqai is one of two crossovers the company plans on selling in the U.S. in the coming years. It’s unclear when the Qashqai will launch in North America but 2017 is a possibility considering how semi-autonomous driving technology is already being offered in the U.S. in vehicles like the Volvo XC90 and Tesla Model S.

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