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Nissan test car drives itself safely, recognizes pedestrians

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Reporters have been given a test ride in a prototype self-driving car today in Japan -- on a scenic, but pre-programmed, course on Tokyo roads.


   It included stopping at traffic lights, making turns, changing lanes and crossing a bridge across the bay.


   The car was painstakingly careful, like someone extra cautious on the road.


   It always stayed within the speed limit. And it slowed down, appearing to be "thinking" at slightly complicated situations, such as cars coming from another lane. The system is designed to recognize people and if a pedestrian jumped out onto the road, the car should come to a stop.


   At one point, the human driver, who was in the seat for the whole test ride, had to intervene because the car didn't properly recognize an unclearly drawn lane.


   Nissan, which also makes the Infiniti luxury model and the March subcompact, is preparing the autonomous driving option for vehicles going on sale in 2020.

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