Nissan Announces Autonomous Driving Cars by 2020
By the year 2020, Nissan motor Co., Ltd. Will be releasing multiple, commercially-viable Autonomous Drive vehicles. Thanks to intensive research with teams from the University of Tokyo, Stanford, Oxford, MIT, and Carnegie Mellon, autonomous driving will become a reality. A dedicated autonomous driving course is under production in Japan and will be finished by the end of 2014's fiscal year. The course will have real-world townscapes to help more fully test the capabilities of the autonomous vehicles than what public roads can provide. These vehicles will be affordable, with Nissan hoping to have the technology available across the entire lineup within just two vehicle generations. "Nissan Motor Company's willingness to question conventional thinking and to drive progress - is what sets us apart. In 2007 I pledged that - by 2010 - Nissan would mass market a zero-emission vehicle. Today, the Nissan Leaf is the best-selling electric vehicle in history. Now I am committing to be ready to introduce a new ground-breaking technology, Autonomous Drive, by 2020, and we are on track to realize it," said CEO Carlos Ghosn. The autonomous driving technology is an extension of Nissan's Safety Shield. This technology monitors a 360-degree view around the vehicle for risks, giving a warning to the driver of potential dangers, and it can even take action if necessary. It can be integrated with on-board navigation so the vehicle knows which turns will get it to its desired destination. Around 93 percent of all accidents in the United States are the cause of human error, with the majority because of distracted driving. Autonomous driving can detect and respond to these situations, keeping those involved safe from injuries. Car fatalities account for the number one reason for deaths between 4 to 34 year olds. Autonomous Drive from Nissan is not only helpful in preventing accidents, it provides more mobility and independence for those with disabilities or those of old age. Because it requires less driver input than non-autonomous vehicles, it can mean independence for all. Source: Nissan
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