PHOTO CAPTION: Oxford University's Robotcar uses Nissan LEAF electric car.

Robotic Nissan LEAF Drives Itself

Rather than using GPS, Oxford's robotic Nissan LEAF electric car uses 3D lasers to learn the surroundings and take over driving if the driver desires.

Published: 15-Feb-2013

Robotic technology from Oxford University that enables a car to 'drive itself' for stretches of a route has been shown driving a Nissan Leaf electric car.

The work is a milestone on the way to creating everyday vehicles that can offer 'auto drive' for some parts of a journey, taking the strain off drivers during a busy commute or school run.

The low-cost navigation system can recognise its surroundings using small cameras and lasers discreetly built into the body of the adapted electric road car and linked to a computer in the boot.


Nissan LEAF retails for just over $35,000 before federal and state tax credits.

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