Nissan to introduce autonomous drive by 2020

28 Aug, 2013 3:56pm Jonathan Burn

Nissan is on track to bring autonomous drive vehicles to the mass market by 2020

Nissan has teamed up with numerous universities across the globe in a bid to introduce commercially viable autonomous drive vehicles to the market by the year 2020.

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Nissan is already well underway developing an autonomous proving ground in Japan, with completion targeted for the end of next year. It features mocked up city streets to create a realistic setting in an environment where testing can be pushed beyond what is possible on the public roads.

Although the technology is planned to be introduced by 2020, the price at which it will be available is another matter. Nissan says “autonomous driving will be achieved at realistic prices for consumers” and is expecting availability across the model range within two vehicle generations.

"In 2007 I pledged that - by 2010 - Nissan would mass market a zero-emission vehicle. Today, the Nissan LEAF is the best-selling electric vehicle in history,” said CEO Carlos Ghosn. “Now I am committing to be ready to introduce a new ground-breaking technology, Autonomous Drive, by 2020, and we are on track to realize it."

A complex matrix of laser scanners and 360-degree view cameras, which evaluate the cars surroundings, make the autonomous drive technology achievable. At the same time, advanced artificial intelligence and actuators help navigate the car.

Nissan’s motivation to introduce this technology to the mass market is largely based on the six million road traffic accidents which happen in North America each year. Autonomous drive will dramatically reduce that figure, of which, 93 per cent are down to human error.

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I still don't know what to think of the autonomous cars. Can't be a car for the thinking person.
I enjoy driving. It doesn't have to be track. I just like driving. Driver-less cars just don't cut for me.
But for those for whom a car is merely a means to get from point A to B, there may be charm.

Businesses that require drivers will love this but will risk a lot of jobs if it takes off. Also a lot of people just like to drive so won’t want to give that up. I know I
wouldn’t. Phantom owners will be pleased as they won’t need a driver anymore.

I hope it will be a failure.

I agree. I just enjoy the act of driving a vehicle, whether it be the stop start commute, nip to the shops, or something more recreational. I was disappointed to see a comment from Jack Rix in the magazine recently saying he'd welcome a self driving car for the boring bits (or something like that). I had hoped that the journalists on here would be true petrolheads, but it seems its not the case.

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