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Nissan's semi-autonomous Leaf cleared for testing in Japan

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Nissan has ambitions of bringing a fully driverless car to the market by 2020. But before we get too ahead of ourselves it needs go through some beta testing.

And it just clear another hurdle to making that happen: it's semi-autonomous Leaf now has a Japanese license plate. That means it's the first vehicle with an "advanced driver assist system" to be cleared for testing on public roads in Japan.

Here's a rundown of the car's semi-autonomous functions:

  • Lane keeping
  • Automatic Exit
  • Automatic lane change
  • Automatic overtaking slower or stopped vehicles
  • Automatic deceleration behind congestion on freeways
  • Automatic stopping at red lights

"The realization of the Autonomous Drive system is one of our greatest goals, because Zero Fatalities stands alongside Zero Emissions as major objective of Nissan's R&D," said Mitsuhiko Yamashita, Nissan Executive VP for Research and Development. "Through public road testing, we will further develop the safety, efficiency and reliability of our technology."

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— By on September 27, 2013, 5:37 AM PST

Tyler Falk

Contributing Editor

Tyler Falk freelance journalist based in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was with Smart Growth America and Grist. He holds a degree from Goshen College. Follow him on Twitter. Disclosure