Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is probably used to being driven wherever he needs to go. However, earlier this month, his chauffeur was notably absent. Actually, his chauffeur was the Nissan LEAF during its Autonomous Drive test drive on Tokyo’s public streets.
The prime minister agreed to participate in the electric vehicle’s debut as they drove around the National Diet Front Garden located between parliament and the Imperial Palace. During the test drive, the LEAF had to maneuver various turns, stop lights and traffic.
The prime minister’s test drive was organized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The active role of Japan’s government in promoting autonomous car technologies enables Nissan to push toward its 2020 goal of producing a fully autonomous vehicle for the mass market.
Nissan believes reaching that goal will also fuel the ability to maintain its commitment to zero emissions and zero fatalities.
“I believe that a great step has been taken towards the realization of Autonomous Drive. Nissan will pursue a safer, more comfortable and environmentally-friendly mobility by further fortifying our cooperative relations with the many government agencies and people involved,” Nissan’s Vice Chairman, Toshiyuki Shiga, said.
We’ll keep you updated on Nissan’s latest autonomous drive developments here at Lewis Nissan. In the meantime, let us know if you would enjoy having the autonomous LEAF as your chauffeur.