Coming to Europe next year, Nissan Qashqai crossover will be the company's first vehicle in Europe to feature autonomous 'Piloted Drive' technology.

In line with the brand's Intelligent Mobility vision, a 360-degree approach to a smart automotive future, the new Nissan Qashqai will be equipped with a 'Piloted Drive 1.0' feature (coming to Japan in 2016), allowing autonomous, safe driving in a single lane in heavy traffic conditions on highways.

In the next years, Nissan plans to launch "vehicles with increased autonomous capabilities", such as multiple-lane control (cars autonomously negotiating hazards and changing lanes during highway driving) and inner-city autonomy (cars negotiating city cross-roads and intersections without any human intervention).

"The introduction of Piloted Drive technologies will be an evolution not a revolution as the building blocks for this are already in place in many of our cars today through our Safety Shield Technology," said Paul Willcox, Chairman of Nissan Europe, at the Geneva Motor Show. "With the driver in control, we want to remove the pain-points of being behind the wheel, like navigating heavy traffic, to put the excitement back into driving."

The refreshed vehicle will be produced at the company's flagship manufacturing plant in Sunderland, UK.

March 16, 2016 Driving photo: Nissan Europe

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