Driverless Nissan LEAF completes 230 mile-journey across UK

The car, which is equipped with technologies such as GPS, radar, LIDAR and video cameras, drove from Bedfordshire to Sunderland

An autonomous Nissan LEAF has successfully completed a 230-mile journey across the UK.

Delivered by the HumanDriveUK consortium, which is backed by the UK Government and led by Nissan, the project saw the self-driving electric vehicle (EV) travel from Bedfordshire to Sunderland.

The car used technologies such as GPS, radar, LIDAR and video cameras to travel through a number of “unique road environments”.

These involved complex roundabouts and high-speed country lanes with no road markings, white lines or kerbs, road types that autonomous vehicles often struggle to handle.

The team behind the vehicle technology say the journey is a major milestone in its project to make autonomous vehicle systems feel more “human-like and natural”.

Business Minister, Nadhim Zahawi said: “Safely completing the longest autonomous drive in Britain is an incredible achievement for Nissan and the HumanDrive consortium and a huge step towards the rollout of driverless cars on UK streets.

“This project is a shining example of how the automotive industry, working with government, can drive forward technology to benefit people’s mobility – while helping to slash carbon emissions.”

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