In an hour-long presentation from Yokohama, Japan, Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn outlined Nissan’s plans for rolling out Autonomous Drive technologies into the two automakers’ vehicles, starting in 2016 and moving forward into 2020.
“By the end of 2016, Nissan will make available the next two technologies under its autonomous drive strategy,” said Mr. Ghosn. “We are bringing to market a traffic-jam pilot, a technology enabling cars to drive autonomously – and safely – on congested highways. In the same timeframe, we will make fully-automated parking systems available across a wide range of vehicles.”
In 2018, the company will then introduce multiple-lane controls, which allow cars to negotiate hazards and change lanes independent of the driver. “And before the end of the decade, we will introduce intersection-autonomy, enabling vehicles to negotiate city cross-roads without driver intervention.”
Further, Ghosn predicts that four major trends will drive demand for Autonomous Drive tech: the rise of global mega-cities, demand for in-car communications, bridging the generation gap between seniors and new drivers, and gender diversity as women become the largest automotive customer group.
Watch video of the presentation Ghosn gave below. We will have a more in-depth analysis of his comments and the drive towards self-driving cars soon.