Quick Note: Nissan's Autonomous Leaf EV Hits Japanese Streets
November 27, 2013 10:36 AM
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Nissan to conduct further tests on the car in the future
Nissan's first autonomous vehicle took to the streets of Japan for the first time on Monday. The self-driving
cruised public highways setting a new milestone for Nissan. The test of the self-driving Leaf was carried out with the cooperation of the Kangagawa prefectural government.
Nissan Vice Chairman Toshiyuki Shiga and Kanagawa Governor Yuji Kuroiwa were aboard the autonomous Leaf for its first drive on the Sagami Expressway.
“I feel we are very near to creating fully autonomous drive. We entered the highway, overtook slower cars, and got off the highway, entirely in autonomous driving mode,” said Shiga.
“We entered the highway very slowly, at 40 km/hour, and driving at 80 km/hour on the highway. Autonomous drive is becoming very realistic now.”
Nissan hopes to offer
autonomous cars to the public by 2020
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11/27/2013 12:01:16 PM
Once upon a time, there wasn't parking in front of buildings, under buildings, behind buildings.
Instead, there were large covered porticoes for carriages to drop off their riders while the DRIVERS took them to park somewhere else.
That day will come again and buildings will be designed to facilitate the rapid and dense flow of true "Auto"mobiles.
RE: world changing
11/27/2013 1:06:47 PM
Yup, I think this will come in the form of those automated underground parking garages. Sweet concept
RE: world changing
11/29/2013 6:16:03 PM
The only good things about open-air paved parking lots are it's cheap to build, and that it's better than not using the space below high-voltage power lines and elevated highways. The bad things: very inefficient use of land (and a lot of land that can't be used for anything else besides parking and roadside marketplaces), increased maintenance costs and taxes, and at the end of the day you'll still run out of available parking spaces.
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