Self-Driving Vehicles to Hit the Streets by 2018

By | June 05, 2014
Autonomous driving is one of the big conversations happening in the automotive industry, and speculation on when the technology will actually hit the roads is a hot topic. According to Carlos Ghosn, head of the Renault-Nissan alliance, we could see these vehicles as early as 2018. However, before these cars can legally drive on the road, there have to be some changes made to government safety testing as well as legislation. California is one of the places where this technology is actively being tested, and while there are many companies and automakers that have completed successful tests, there are still a few obstacles to get through. "The problem isn't technology, it's legislation, and the whole question of responsibility that goes with these cars moving around…and especially who is responsible once there is no longer anyone inside," commented Ghosn at a French Automobile Club event. We can expect to see the first autonomous driving vehicles as early as 2018, but we don't expect to see commercialization of the technology until 2020. Nissan previously mentioned it would bring one to market by this time. However, for this to happen, we'll need to see some changes to the law, and automakers will need to prove that autonomous systems could be taken over by a driver or switched off. Source: Reuters