Nissan Develops World 1st System for Automatic Lane Change

Economy Science Technology

Tokyo, May 16 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Nissan Motor Co. <7201> announced Thursday that it has developed what it claims is the world's first driving assistance system designed for expressway use that enables vehicles to switch lanes automatically.

When the vehicle is traveling in hands-free mode, the driver can change lanes to overtake automatically by touching the steering wheel.

The automaker plans to equip the latest model of the Skyline sports sedan, planned to be released in autumn, with the system.

The technology detects surrounding vehicles and the traffic lane in which the vehicle is traveling by using a combination of cameras, radar and sonar and gathers accurate information on the surrounding environment and the vehicle's real-time location by collating the detected information with three-dimensional high-definition map data.

The system engages with the vehicle's navigation system to support driving on a predefined route, except in areas such as tunnel and junctions, where the hands-off function is not available.

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