System will enable the Qashqai to drive itself on the highway.

Nissan has announced the facelifted Qashqai will become the company's first vehicle in Europe to be equipped with autonomous driving technology.

Set to go into production at the company's Sunderland plant in 2017, the Qashqai will be offered ProPilot technology.  Nissan describes ProPilot as a "stage one autonomous drive technology" which will enable the crossover to drive itself in a single lane on the highway.  The company ways its "introduction marks an important step in the brand’s commitment to make autonomous drive technologies available to the mass market."

While the Qashqai will become the first Nissan vehicle in Europe with autonomous driving technology, Nissan will ramp up its efforts in 2018 with the introduction of an autonomous driving system that has multiple-lane control.  This will allow vehicles to autonomously negotiate hazards and change lanes.

Two years later, Nissan plans to introduce an even more advanced system which can autonomous drive itself though busy intersections.

The company went on to say Renault-Nissan will launch more than ten vehicles with autonomous driving technology by 2020.  The models will be offered in several key markets including China, Europe, Japan, and the United States.  There's no word on specifics but Nissan says the technology will be offered on "mainstream, mass-market cars at affordable prices, with a focus on accessibility to all customers."

Source: Nissan

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