Japanese automaker Nissan can't wait to get its autonomous vehicle technology on Japanese highways, pledging self-driving vehicles by next year. Fully autonomous vehicles designed to navigate urban environments should be available by 2020, as Nissan and NASA continue their custom partnership.
Nissan self-driving vehicles should be able to avoid hazards and safely change lanes by 2018, and will have full autonomous capability by 2020.
"There will be a Nissan product in Japan, which will carry autonomous drive," said Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan, during the New York International Auto Show. "Obviously when you have this kind of technology, you want also the Japanese market to enjoy it as soon as possible."
Nissan is the No. 2 largest automaker in Japan, and wants to keep pace with Toyota, Honda, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and other automakers currently developing self-driving vehicles. The Japanese government has been proactive while helping automakers navigate complicated legal hurdles regarding autonomous vehicles - and wants to make sure testing can be streamlined.