Nissan’s self-drive cars ‘ready by 2020’

Nissan 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, says chief executive Carlos Ghosn.

Many of the world’s carmakers, and companies outside the car industry such as Google, are working on technologies that allow cars to navigate without human intervention. Ghosn said progress is being made on the Japanese carmaker’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 said Nissan is banking on electric cars for the near-term.


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