Nissan has announced that it will bring real-world demonstrations of autonomous driving cars to the UK next month. The next-gen tech showcase will be done in a Nissan Leaf EV, which will take on the roads of London. Passengers, including government officials and technical and safety experts, will be given the opportunity to experience and test the technology in a live environment.

These will be the first demonstrations of Nissan’s autonomous drive on public roads in Europe, representing the next step in the company’s Intelligent Mobility blueprint. It follows recent announcements that both the refreshed Qashqai crossover and the new Leaf – both coming soon – will be equipped with autonomous drive tech to enable single lane autonomous driving on motorways.

The announcement was made following a visit to the Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE) in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, by Greg Clark, UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. NTCE, the European R&D hub for Nissan, is developing autonomous drive tech as well as new fuel, energy and efficiency tech in collaboration with the Nissan technical centres in Japan.

Opened in 1991, NTCE is now home to around 1,200 employees. Current projects there include the development of vehicle-to-grid technology integration, electric battery advancements and the new Nissan Qashqai, which is scheduled to launch in ‘fiscal year 2017’ Nissan’s financial year 2017 starts from April 1. The crossover is Nissan’s best selling model in Europe.

In the Nissan Leaf Piloted Drive 1.0, the self-driving prototype is armed with five radar sensors, 12 cameras, four new laser scanners and ultrasonic sensors. Learn more about it and Nissan’s ProPILOT autonomous driving tech here.