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Nissan to conduct further tests on the car in the future

Nissan's first autonomous vehicle took to the streets of Japan for the first time on Monday. The self-driving Leaf cruised public highways setting a new milestone for Nissan. The test of the self-driving Leaf was carried out with the cooperation of the Kangagawa prefectural government.
Nissan Vice Chairman Toshiyuki Shiga and Kanagawa Governor Yuji Kuroiwa were aboard the autonomous Leaf for its first drive on the Sagami Expressway.

“I feel we are very near to creating fully autonomous drive. We entered the highway, overtook slower cars, and got off the highway, entirely in autonomous driving mode,” said Shiga.
“We entered the highway very slowly, at 40 km/hour, and driving at 80 km/hour on the highway. Autonomous drive is becoming very realistic now.”
Nissan hopes to offer autonomous cars to the public by 2020.

Source: Nissan

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world changing
By DocScience on 11/27/2013 12:01:16 PM , Rating: 2
Once upon a time, there wasn't parking in front of buildings, under buildings, behind buildings.

Instead, there were large covered porticoes for carriages to drop off their riders while the DRIVERS took them to park somewhere else.

That day will come again and buildings will be designed to facilitate the rapid and dense flow of true "Auto"mobiles.

RE: world changing
By Jeffk464 on 11/27/2013 1:06:47 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, I think this will come in the form of those automated underground parking garages. Sweet concept

RE: world changing
By ritualm on 11/29/2013 6:16:03 PM , Rating: 2
The only good things about open-air paved parking lots are it's cheap to build, and that it's better than not using the space below high-voltage power lines and elevated highways. The bad things: very inefficient use of land (and a lot of land that can't be used for anything else besides parking and roadside marketplaces), increased maintenance costs and taxes, and at the end of the day you'll still run out of available parking spaces.

And then the government takes over
By createcoms on 11/27/13, Rating: 0
RE: And then the government takes over
By Jeffk464 on 11/27/2013 1:03:58 PM , Rating: 2
Cops already have license plate readers that store all the data they collect. They record date, time, and location of every plate around them. I think intersection cameras are storing data too, but I'm not 100% on that one. Credit card companies store even more information on you, add Google and your ISP and basically every aspect of your life is being recorded.

RE: And then the government takes over
By Jeffk464 on 11/27/2013 1:05:25 PM , Rating: 2
I sometimes wonder if some of the government cell phone programs for the poor are so that they also can be tracked.

By ritualm on 11/27/2013 7:13:30 PM , Rating: 2
I'd be seriously surprised if the "Obamaphone" program has zero hidden monitoring features attached to them.

By vision33r on 11/30/2013 2:24:32 PM , Rating: 3
Airplanes are already auto-piloted today, pilots just take off and land.

In about 20 yrs from now most people won't be allowed to manually operate cars anymore because it's a health risk mandated by the govt.

Only special licensed drivers like cops and truck drivers still drive manually but in limited modes but everyone will use auto-drive in most cases as it benefits trucks drivers and cops more than normal folks.

By Captain Awesome on 11/28/2013 1:03:53 PM , Rating: 2
The future looks awesome. It will be like ALWAYS having a designated driver! You could put a 60" TV in the back and just play video games all the way to and from work.

meanwhile in the United States...
By aztucsonpcc on 11/27/13, Rating: -1
RE: meanwhile in the United States...
By Jeffk464 on 11/27/2013 11:28:57 AM , Rating: 5
I can't wait for one of these autonomous cars, definitely going to hold off buying a new car until they are out.

RE: meanwhile in the United States...
By Captain Awesome on 11/28/2013 12:58:13 PM , Rating: 2
LOL, what if it's 20 years before they're sold here?

RE: meanwhile in the United States...
By brshoemak on 11/28/2013 3:19:10 PM , Rating: 2
Look up 'classic cars in Cuba' - a lot of American cars there (Buicks, etc.) date from the pre-embargo 1960s.

Now, cars today probably aren't built nearly to that level of quality, but he should be able to get at least 20 years out of a Civic or Corolla. Maybe.

By JediJeb on 12/2/2013 10:55:16 AM , Rating: 2
I have an 85 Jeep Cherokee for a daily driver right now, so 20 years isn't that difficult to imagine.

RE: meanwhile in the United States...
By Flunk on 11/27/2013 11:39:23 AM , Rating: 2
I nominate you for the most irrelevant comment award today.

RE: meanwhile in the United States...
By Shig on 11/27/2013 2:40:13 PM , Rating: 2
Self-driving cars are ready now, government regulation will be ready in 20 years.

RE: meanwhile in the United States...
By Souka on 11/27/2013 4:29:07 PM , Rating: 2
I'm already hating the new dog... but who knows.

I pray they don't kill off Meg or Chris...then suddenly an exchange student starts living with them....

Oh crap, did I just give the writers an idea??!?!?

By aristotlexjj621 on 11/27/13, Rating: -1
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