Nissan promises self-driving car by 2020

JonathanSeptember 3, 2013

At UK Carline we are constantly looking for manufacturers that innovate and evolve their technology to produce the most premium quality cars for our customers.

One of the brands we offer on our car leasing deals, is Nissan. The team at the Japanese manufacturer have promised to get a self-driving car on the roads in less than a decade from now – proving they are at the top of their game when it comes to evolving and developing relevant and useful technology.

Nissan is competing with other giants, like Google, to make cars that don’t need drivers a reality. The vehicle manufacturer has promised to bring consumers this technology soon and is saying they will be on our roads by 2020.

The company chief executive Carlos Ghosn said that it was the brand’s “willingness to question conventional thinking and to drive progress” that sets it apart from its competitors in the industry. It is thought that the brand expects to start testing prototypes by 2014, although it’s unclear how long the company have already been testing the technology, a press release said it has been “years” in the making.

According to a report by the BBC, Nissan has begun testing a self-driving version of its electric car, the Leaf.

It appears the car maker isn’t working alongside Google, the US military or any other brands that are pioneering their own automated vehicles. However, Nissan has claimed to be working with some of the world’s top universities such as MIT, Stanford, Oxford and the University of Tokyo.

“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 realise it,” said Mr Ghosn.

If you want to get behind the wheel of one of Nissan’s quality vehicles, whether it be for personal or professional needs, contact us at UK Carline for the best car leasing deals.


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