Skip advert
Advertisement

Renault and Nissan confirm autonomous cars by 2020

Renault Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn outlines autonomous driving timeline for both brands

Fully autonomous Nissan and Renault cars will be on the roads by 2020, according to Renault Nissan Alliance boss Carlos Ghosn.

The technology will arrive in three steps, starting in 2016 when cars with Traffic Jam Autonomous Drive tech, keeping cars moving in lane in slow moving traffic, will be available in both Renaults and Nissans.

Advertisement - Article continues below

In 2018, the autonomous offering will be expanded to include Highway Autonomous Drive, which will not only keep cars moving in lane at a higher speed on the motorway, but will also allow the car to change lane automatically if safe to do so after the driver has activated the indicator.

Everything you need to know about self-driving cars

Autonomous driving will be complete in 2020 with City Autonomous Drive, with cars driving themselves around town.

Self driving cars still more than a decade away

However, Ghosn was quick to differentiate between autonomous driving cars where a driver is in control, and self-driving cars like the Google car concept where the driver has no input. “After we’ve introduced our autonomous technology comes driverless cars, but they’re in the long term in ten years plus,” Ghosn said.

He was speaking at the Geneva motor show where Renault launched its Kadjar crossover and Nissan unveiled its Sway supermini concept. However, Ghosn told Auto Express that none of Renault or Nissan’s mainstream models would benefit from the Alliance’s electric vehicle technology. “Electric cars have to be designed as plug-in from the start and it’s the same with plug-in hybrids,” he told us. “We don’t have plans to turn existing combustion-engined cars into EVs.”

Get more of the top news stories from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show 

Skip advert
Advertisement
Editor-in-chief

Steve Fowler has been editor-in-chief of Auto Express since 2011 and is responsible for all editorial content across the website and magazine. He has previously edited What Car?, Autocar and What Hi-Fi? and has been writing about cars for the best part of 30 years. 

Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

Best speedsters: the top 9 roofless wonders for intensity and style
Best Speedsters - header image
Best cars & vans

Best speedsters: the top 9 roofless wonders for intensity and style

For some, these cars are the ultimate in no-compromise motoring, but would you splash out a fortune on one?
14 Apr 2024
Renault and Volvo to create ‘revolutionary’ next-generation Flexis electric vans
Volvo and Renault Flexis van range
News

Renault and Volvo to create ‘revolutionary’ next-generation Flexis electric vans

The companies will work together to create a family of electric vans based on an EV-dedicated skateboard platform
4 Apr 2024
New Nissan Micra, Leaf replacement and Juke among five Nissan EVs due by 2026
Future Nissan models - front
News

New Nissan Micra, Leaf replacement and Juke among five Nissan EVs due by 2026

The Japanese brand plans to launch 30 new cars globally within the next three years but the UK will ‘only’ get 5
27 Mar 2024
Hydrogen and efuel cars can help save the European auto industry, says Renault boss
Renault boss, Luca de Meo, stood next to Renault 5
News

Hydrogen and efuel cars can help save the European auto industry, says Renault boss

Renault boss, Luca de Meo’s strategy to save Europe’s car industry includes a bigger role for hydrogen
21 Mar 2024

Most Popular

‘Dacia Zen’ seven-year warranty brings added peace of mind
Dacia Duster - tailgate
News

‘Dacia Zen’ seven-year warranty brings added peace of mind

The value brand’s new warranty is also available on used cars, as well as for existing Dacia customers
16 Apr 2024
Car Deal of the Day: Mercedes EQC offers luxury EV motoring for £327 a month
Mercedes EQC - front cornering
News

Car Deal of the Day: Mercedes EQC offers luxury EV motoring for £327 a month

Mercedes’s EQC showed that the German firm was serious about electric cars and it’s our Car Deal of the Day for Monday 15 April
15 Apr 2024
New BMW X3 prototype review: first impressions of next-gen mid-size SUV
BMW X3 prototype (camouflaged) - front tracking
Road tests

New BMW X3 prototype review: first impressions of next-gen mid-size SUV

The X3 is a BMW best-seller and we’ve taken an early drive of the new model that's about to take over that baton
14 Apr 2024