Nissan To Roll Out Two New Self-Driving Technologies by End of 2016 | Edmunds

Nissan To Roll Out Two New Self-Driving Technologies by End of 2016


Just the Facts:
  • Fully automated parking systems will be available across a wide range of Nissan vehicles by the end of 2016, as the Japanese automaker continues to roll out vehicle automation technologies.
  • In two years, Nissan will also bring to market a "traffic-jam pilot," a technology enabling cars to drive autonomously on congested highways.
  • Nissan will introduce "multiple-lane controls" that allow cars to autonomously negotiate road hazards and change lanes by 2018.

YOKOHOMA, Japan Fully automated parking systems will be available across a wide range of Nissan vehicles by the end of 2016, as the Japanese automaker continues to roll out vehicle automation technologies.

In two years, Nissan will also bring to market a "traffic-jam pilot," a technology enabling cars to drive autonomously on congested highways.

Nissan will introduce "multiple-lane controls" that allow cars to autonomously negotiate road hazards and change lanes by 2018.

"Before the end of the decade, we will introduce intersection autonomy, enabling vehicles to negotiate city crossroads without driver intervention," said Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan Motor Co., in a speech late last week to the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan.

Ghosn did not spell out which Nissan vehicles would be the first to showcase the new technologies. But he said several trends, including the rise of global mega-cities, would drive demand for such zero-emissions vehicles as the Nissan Leaf.

Nissan intends to makes its autonomous drive systems "commercially viable by 2020," according to Ghosn.

The gradual rollout of these automated systems is intended to introduce consumers to them "progressively," the automaker said.

They are "designed to enhance road safety and driving conditions by automating everyday tasks for motorists," the company said in a statement.

"Unlike pilot projects for completely self-driving vehicles currently undergoing preliminary tests elsewhere in the industry, drivers remain in control and 'at the wheel' in Nissan models equipped with autonomous drive functions," Nissan said.

Vehicles with self-driving features will relieve motorists of mundane tasks while enhancing safety, reducing congestion and helping to lower emissions, the company said.

In an interesting footnote, Ghosn said there is a "pressing need to embrace gender diversity" throughout the industry.

"This means recognizing the vital role that women play as consumer-purchasers, decision-makers and managers throughout the car industry," he said.

Nissan is rolling out "Ladies First" dealerships in Japan to better appeal to women shoppers. The automaker has not spelled out any plans to launch such dealerships in the U.S. at this point.

Edmunds says: Your future Nissan vehicle may be a whiz at parking itself.

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