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Nissan to start on-road autonomous vehicle tests in London

Nissan is run its first real-world demonstrations of autonomous driving cars in Europe from next month.


Business secretary Greg Clark at a visit to the Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE) in Cranfield, Bedfordshire.

Taking place in London, the trials will give passengers, including government officials and technical and safety experts, the opportunity to experience and test autonomous technology in a modified Nissan LEAF.

It follows recent announcements that both the refreshed Qashqai and the new Leaf will be equipped with autonomous drive technology to enable single lane autonomous driving on motorways.

The announcement was made following a visit to the Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE) in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, by the Rt Hon Greg Clark, the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said: “Government and industry are working together to build on our world class reputation for excellence as a leading location for automotive R&D and manufacturing. We want to see centres, like Nissan’s here in Cranfield, continue to develop, making us a world leader in the development and testing of auto technology so we can anchor the next generation of vehicle manufacturing and its supply chain here in the UK.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006.