CEO: Nissan will be ready with autonomous driving by 2020

May 18, 2015 byYuri Kageyama
CEO: Nissan will be ready with autonomous driving by 2020
Nissan Motor Co. Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn speaks to reporters at the automaker's headquarters in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Monday, May 18, 2015. Ghosn said Nissan Motor Co. will have vehicles packed with autonomous driving technology by 2020 but whether people will be able to drive them on roads is up to government regulators. (AP Photo/Yuri Kageyama)

Nissan Motor Co. will have vehicles packed with autonomous driving technology by 2020 but whether people will be able to drive them on roads is up to government regulators, Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said Monday.

Many of the world's automakers, and companies outside the such as Google, are working on technologies that allow cars to navigate without .

Ghosn said good progress is being made toward the Japanese automaker's goal of delivering that technology by 2020.

"Our cars will be ready," he said.

The bigger hurdle for such vehicles becoming readily available to consumers is approval from regulators around the world, he told reporters at Yokohama headquarters.

Ghosn said autonomous driving was sure to be part of the cars of the future because market studies with consumers, especially younger drivers, who will determine future cars, show that is what they want, along with connectivity and zero, or very low, emissions.

Connectivity means accessing the Internet, seeing movies and duplicating in the vehicle the other experiences a person has at home or in the office, Ghosn said.

On zero emissions, he reiterated that Nissan is banking on electric cars, rather than other zero-emissions technologies, for the near-term future. Nissan makes the Leaf electric car.

Ghosn said Nissan sees as adding to driving pleasure, and a totally driver-less car is not at the center of the automaker's plans.

The autonomous driving Nissan foresees will assist or enhance driving, he said. Nissan may end up with a , but that was not the automaker's goal, he said.

"That is the car of the future," he said. "But the consumer is more conservative," he said. "That makes us cautious."

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TheKnowItAll
1 / 5 (1) May 18, 2015
Here's what I see for 2020; Autonomous cars being banned from public roads lol.
Otherwise no need for an auto insurance right? When something goes wrong it all falls back on the automaker right? All new drivers will certainly want to save that 3K a year on insurance!
dogbert
1 / 5 (2) May 18, 2015
I wish that these vehicle manufacturers, who are spending an obscene amount of money developing various types of smart cars, would allow all these so called smart technologies to be disabled.

If you really want a car that can brake itself on an ice covered bridge, I suppose you should be able to buy such a car, but I would like a way to keep my car from killing me or someone else.
James_Morgan
3 / 5 (5) May 18, 2015
It's far more likely to save your life and the lives of others than kill someone - and that's why it will become mandatory eventually.
As for the millions of jobless that will create, I have no idea..
dogbert
1 / 5 (2) May 18, 2015
>It's far more likely to save your life and the lives of others than kill someone

Easy to say, not necessarily true. What stops a self braking car from braking when the road is icy?
What stops it from braking whenever braking is a bad move?

You should know when braking is bad. Cars, on the other hand, are not intelligent and don't know.
Mark Thomas
1 / 5 (2) May 19, 2015
We will lose that part of growing up and the exhilaration of mastering a real world skill. Not to mention the countless jobs lost driving trucks, buses, cabs, limos, etc. Robots (autonomous cars in this case) should exist to strength us, not weaken us.
Bob Osaka
not rated yet May 25, 2015
Smart roads and linear motor expressways may someday replace the decaying infrastructure. How many beautiful minds must we lose before realizing the senseless danger of the ordinary commute?

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