In January this year, Nissan announced a 5-year partnership for research and development of autonomous vehicle systems and their commercial application, with space NASA. As per the agreement, researchers from both companies jointly focus on autonomous driving systems and other technologies. Both companies were to test a fleet of emission-free automous vehicles by the end of 2015, to reach the goal of the Japanese automaker’s goal of introducing autonomous drive vehicles by 2020.
Now, as per a new report by Kyodo News, Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan Motor Co., has said in a press conference at the 2015 New York International Auto Show that the company will launch a car with self-driving technologies in Japan. The company has set a timeline of 2016 for launching its first self-driving car, for which the homeland would be the first market, suggests the report. This car is not expected to be 100% self-driven, technologies for such futuristic cars cannot be made ready for production within a year’s time.
Perhaps, Nissan is planning the same thing as Hyundai, launching autonomous driving technologies in stages with a vision of 100% autonomous cars in the distant future. So, partially and highly automated cars with highway self-driving features would launch first, followed by a fully autonomous car arriving in 2020.
[Source: Kyodo News]