Nissan announces autonomous car production by 2020

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Autonomous cars are soon no longer just in sci-fi movies. Google has been testing self driving cars for a while now and every major automaker is looking into it.

Nissan is no exception and has announced it will be ready with commercially-viable Autonomous Drive in multiple vehicles by the year 2020.

“Nissan Motor Company’s willingness to question conventional thinking and to drive progress – is what sets us apart,” said CEO Carlos Ghosn. “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.”

Nissan engineers have been carrying out intensive research on the technology for years, alongside teams from the world’s top universities, including MIT, Stanford, Oxford, Carnegie Mellon and the University of Tokyo.

In Japan a dedicated autonomous driving proving ground will be completed by the end of fiscal year 2014 to push vehicle testing beyond the limits possible on public roads to ensure the technology is safe.

The goal is to have the autonomous drive available across the model range within two vehicle generations.

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