FIRST AIRED: February 28, 2017

Nice work! Enjoy the show!


You’re busy. We get it.

Stay on top of the news with our Editor’s Picks newsletter.

US Edition
Intl. Edition
Unsubscribe at any time. One click, it’s gone.

Thanks for signing up!



>> And here we go, now see.>> Backseat driving is getting a new meaning. Nissan is road testing its self-driving car in Europe for the very first time, and we've been invited to be their guinea pigs. I'm Costas Pitas, UK car correspondent for Reuters, here in East London where Nissan are testing their autonomous cars.
And one of these models will be taking us out onto the streets of London, guided by sensors, cameras, and radars, interacting with traffic in their first real world test in Europe. Already tested in Tokyo and Silicon Valley, this LEAF model flips from conventional to autonomous mode at the touch of a button.
I hear this is 30 miles per hour.>> Yes, here.>> From there on, it's a case of trusting the kit in front of you. During the trial, it goes at up to 50 miles per hour, and it's no coincidence that London is a staging center.>> It's not everywhere In Europe that we can just go and drive on the roads.
We have to have partners that help us create the maps and create the system. And London and the UK is an important market for Nissan.>> Add to that, the British government openly courting this new sector, recently announcing insurance changes to allow one product coverage for motorists driving conventionally and in autonomous mode.
They think it's a market that could be worth over $1 trillion by 2025. But Nissan aren't the only ones putting their foot on the gas. Global automakers are racing to catch up with self-driving frontrunners Google and Tesla. The future of transport could be turning a pivotal corner.