Nissan’s CEO at a news conference reported that fully driverless cars will not be coming in this decade. However features that ease the stress of driving such as self parking and traffic jam driver will be coming soon.
“Self-driving cars… don’t require any human intervention and remain, in my opinion, a long way from commercial reality,” Ghosn said at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo, who noted that self driving cars are only suitable for controlled environments at slow speed and there is regulatory minefield.
The Nissan will deploy a step by step plan adding more autonomous and safety features throughout the decade.
By the end of 2016, Nissan will offer their traffic jam pilot that takes care of the driving on congested highways. Nissan will also offer fully automated parking functions for controlled settings by 2019 and example would be like a valet parker retrieving the car but the car does it itself.
In 2018, Nissan will introduce multiple lane controls that allows cars to autonomously negotiate hazards and change lanes.
“You’re going to see a lot in the Leaf,” Nissan spokesman Jeff Kuhlman told Automotive News and added many of the technologies already are being tested in the Leaf. The Leaf is also the poster car for nano coating from water and grime.
By 2020 Nissan will offer intersection autonomy that drives cars through intersections without the drivers help.