Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn talks self-driving cars and says tech isn’t the problem

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Few chief executives have as much to say and are as listened-to in the industry as is the Nissan-Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn. When he talks, the industry listens, and lately, he’s talking about self-driving cars. The problem, of course, isn’t lack of technology.

The Nissan Autonomous Drive car has been showcased around the world now. It’s a retrofitted Nissan LEAF electric car with concept components that are as real-world as it gets when it comes to functionality. The car drives itself and is being tested on public roadways as we speak.

Speaking before the press this week, Carlos Ghosn, head of the world’s fourth-largest automaker in the Renault-Nissan Alliance, says that the company’s Autonomous Drive (self-driving cars) could be on the market in 2018. That’s a full two years earlier than previously predicted. If they get delayed, he said, it will not be because the technology isn’t there. It will be because government red tape is holding it back.

Read more about this at TorqueNews, where it was originally published.

Aaron Turpen
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