While most major automakers have some sort of plan in place to eventually get autonomous, self-driving vehicles on the road, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn isn’t worried that he will be beat.
In a new interview, Ghosn expressed his firm belief that not only will commercial autonomous vehicles his the road for the average driver by 2020, but most people can expect to slowly see autonomous features phased into their new cars.
His statement, “by 2020, we’ll have fully autonomous driving cars,” comes during a time when self-parking cars, self-braking cars, and cars equipped with 360-degree cameras are starting to be come the norm with each new year’s line-up.
In fact, the automaker recently debuted a self-driving Nissan LEAF prototype. While it’s not about to appear on dealership lots anytime soon, it shows you just how close Nissan is to this promised tech.
In the meantime, we’ll have to continue to drive the old-fashioned way. To check out some of Nissan’s many innovative current models, visit us anytime at Lewis Nissan.
Nissan’s Autonomous Drive technology won the Grand Prix in the CEATEC Innovation Awards, which is the top prize. It was awarded by a panel of independent US journalists who work in the fields of IT and consumer electronics.
The award honors the best among technologies, products and services that were exhibited at CEATEC JAPAN 2013. The journalists are considered a jury and they assess the exhibits at the CEATEC in a variety of categories. These categories consist of their potential impact on the U.S. market, meeting new consumer needs, innovation, functionality, and if the product, service or technology exhibited offers a unique solution to new needs. This is Nissan’s fist time winning the award and it is the first time for an automaker to receive this accolade.
The Autonomous Drive also won the Smart Mobility, from the Special Award category.
The Grand Prix award was given the following comment from the panel: “Nissan’s Autonomous Drive technology will greatly benefit future society by reducing traffic accidents and fatalities, preventing traffic congestion and contributing to a reduction in environmental issues through improved fuel economy.”
Not sure what all the hype’s about? Watch the video below to get to know Nissan’s Autonomous Drive!