"Self-driving cars remain a long way from commercial reality."



Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn shocked the automotive industry last year when he announced that his company plans to offer consumers an autonomous car by 2020. The automaker even showed off its self-driving Leaf prototype as proof. He was bolder recently with the pronouncement that select markets could have them in 2018, if laws allowed. The boss' optimism appears to be waning, though, and he's now sounding a lot more conservative about the future. While driverless vehicles are still on the way, Ghosn is hedging his bets with a more gradual implementation of several systems.

During a speech in Japan, Ghosn laid out Nissan's new roadmap toward autonomous driving. Instead of plunking down a complete vehicle in 2020, the new plan has a rollout with waves of innovations. According to Automotive News, the first milestone comes by the end of 2016 with the introduction of traffic-jam assist and fully automated parking. In 2018, some models get automatic lane changing, and finally around 2020, another feature will allow cars to handle intersections without driver inputs. All of this new tech still requires someone at the controls for most of the time.

"Self-driving cars remain a long way from commercial reality," Ghosn said in his speech, according to AN.

The latest announcement isn't quite the driving utopia that Ghosn alluded to last year. At the time, he said: "I am committing to be ready to introduce a new groundbreaking technology, Autonomous Drive, by 2020, and we are on track to realize it." Evidently, that plan may have gone a little off the rails.


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      That Guy
      • 5 Months Ago
      Good. There isn't words to describe how bad of an idea this is. It amazes me what idiots will think up and try and sell to the public. I'm even more amazed at the idiot public that would buy into this kind of garbage.
        Peter Middleton
        • 5 Months Ago
        @That Guy
        **** I think its significantly more stupid to let a bunch of distracted monkeys drive 3500lb boxes
        Larry Litmanen
        • 5 Months Ago
        @That Guy
        So you calling your grandma an idiot, because i am pretty sure she would love to go to a grocery store without bothering anyone on her own self driving car.
        Actionable Mango
        • 5 Months Ago
        @That Guy
        I think it opens up a lot of opportunities for those who cannot drive. The elderly, the young, the drunk, those who cannot pass the test. There are also those who simply don't want to drive. The nappers, the texters, the TV watchers. Look around and see how many people are using their smartphones will driving.
      Larry Litmanen
      • 5 Months Ago
      Hey i'd love to see traffic jam assist in mere 2 years, that basically means my next car. These self driving features are technically almost here simple because most people switch their cars every 5+ years. So if you just leased a car once your lease is over (3 year lease) next car will have self driving features and next one will be making it's own turns and on intersections.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 5 Months Ago
      That Leaf sure looks like a doofus
      Cruising
      • 5 Months Ago
      Carlos, maybe you should focus on trying to get a smooth launch for your new Murano. Also on the new Titan, Maxima and whatever new products you have. Also Infiniti needs some direction right now. These toys can come later right now you have to many important projects to attend to.
      billmalibu
      • 5 Months Ago
      I have 2 worries about driverless cars: 1. What happens when the network that controls the cars crashes or glitches? Thousands of cars crash into each other? I am said enough when my cable or internet crashes for hours and even days, but nobody gets hurt then. 2. What happens when we hear weekly or more frequently that a terrorist group packed a driverless car full of bombs and drove it to a school, shopping mall or government building and killed 100s at no risk to the terrorists? Personally I am glad to see one company have reduced interest in this type of vehicle, and I hope none are on the streets in my life time.
        krona2k
        • 5 Months Ago
        @billmalibu
        They certainly won't rely on any network connection. Having a network can help but it's more likely to be short range car to car initially to allow road trains.
      Edsel
      • 5 Months Ago
      There have been autonomous cars for at least 100 years; they're chauffeur driven.
      tegdesign
      • 5 Months Ago
      How many Autonomous car articles in how many days? Still getting comments though.
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