Nissan’s first self-driving cars are making their way to London for the manufacturing giant’s first on-road demonstrations in Europe.

Starting next month, Leaf models will be tested by government officials and safety experts in a ‘live environment’.

The electric vehicles have been fitted with drive technology, which allows drivers – or passengers – to experience autonomous journeys in a real-world environment.

Nissan’s decision to test in the UK follows assurances it would retain its manufacturing base in the country despite the result of the EU Referendum.

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said: "Government and industry are working together to build on our world class reputation for excellence as a leading location for automotive R&D and manufacturing.

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"We want to see centres… continue to develop, making us a world leader in the development and testing of auto technology so we can anchor the next generation of vehicle manufacturing and its supply chain here in the UK.”

Paul Willcox, Chairman, Nissan Europe, said: “Innovation and ingenuity is at the heart of the Nissan brand and its people.

“With future models secured and cutting-edge innovation being developed right here in the UK, we’re looking forward to a strong future of designing, engineering and manufacturing in the country for customers right across the world.”

He added: “In just a few weeks’ time, there will be Nissan LEAFs driving on the streets of London using our autonomous driving technology.

“Nissan Intelligent Mobility is happening right now, right here in the UK and across Europe.”