Nissan says it is on track to begin selling self-driving cars by 2020. The automaker is working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University, Oxford University, and the University of Tokyo to develop the autonomous driving technology.
Self-driving cars use cameras and sensors to detect roadway lanes and objects around them in order to guide themselves without human intervention. Nissan plans to demonstrate the self-driving technologies in a Nissan LEAF later this year. The technologies include laser scanners, artificial intelligence, and actuators. Nissan has installed these features in LEAFs to enable them to negotiate what the automaker calls real-world driving scenarios.
"Nissan's autonomous driving will be achieved at realistic prices for consumers," the company says. "The goal is availability across the model range within two vehicle generations."
Nissan also reports that it is already constructing an autonomous-driving proving ground in Japan for this purpose. The company plans to demonstrate its autonomous-driving technology for the first time at the Nissan 360 test drive event, as well as on the streets of Orange County, Calif.
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