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The plan is to make them widely available and affordable by that time

Nissan announced that it will offer autonomous vehicles that will have broad availability and an affordable price by 2020.

Nissan's plan is to deliver several vehicle models with its Autonomous Drive technology by the end of this decade, and Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn will push hard to make sure that goal is met. 

“In 2007 I pledged that – by 2010 – Nissan would mass market a zero-emission vehicle,” Ghosn said. “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 realize it.”

Nissan is hoping for "availability across the model range within two vehicle generations."

Nissan is already working hard toward its goal. The automaker has been working with several colleges such as MIT, UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, Oxford, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Virginia Tech, and almost every major university in Japan to develop the autonomous technology. 

In addition, Nissan is working on an autonomous vehicle testing facility in Japan, which should be completed next year. 

Back in February, Nissan announced its Silicon Valley research center for autonomous vehicles. The new facility is called the Nissan Research Center Silicon Valley (NRC-SV), and it will use partnerships with educational institutions and companies to work on projects for new vehicle technologies.

Nissan's autonomous vehicle technology will be based off of its current Safety Shield tech, which monitors a 360-degree view around a vehicle for risks and offers warnings to the driver. It will even respond to the situation if necessary. 

We may have to wait until 2020 for Nissan's autonomous vehicles, but in the meantime, the automaker is making strides in the electric vehicle industry. For instance, it announced that it will offer a new battery design for the all-electric Leaf in April 2014 if current testing goes well. The new design aims to help the Leaf's battery from depleting under severe weather conditions (mainly heat). 

Nissan has seen a surge in Leaf sales this year, and updating its battery design can only help its cause. In July, it was reported that Nissan is now selling approximately 2,000 Leaf electric vehicles each month (about four times the volume it was selling about a year ago). To meet this new demand, Nissan is slowly ramping up production of the Leaf at its manufacturing facility in Tennessee.

Source: Nissan News

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RE: No thanks
By xti on 8/28/2013 4:26:45 PM , Rating: 2
until someone says "automated cars aren't causing safety rails on roads to be dented and is less accident prone, thus we should pay less inspection, taxes, etc"

1 thing is for sure, stick this stuff on big rigs and whatnot. people already know they sleep minimal hours to maximize pay.

RE: No thanks
By bah12 on 8/28/2013 4:44:13 PM , Rating: 2
people already know they sleep minimal hours to maximize pay.
That could be the dumbest point of view I've ever heard. There is no driver class more regulated that these guys. Are there bad it the norm..not by a LOOOOOONG shot. If normal drivers faced 1/2 the regulation or consequences that a CDL driver does the streets would be far safer. And I'd point out everyone would be up in arms at the ridiculous amount of regulation and compliance that would be necessary.

Face it if you hop in your car and drive for 12 hours then hit someone, you get what a ticket? Big Whoop, your insurance rate goes up a bit. The same offense will probably cost a CDL driver his job, maybe his license, and most likely prevent him from getting a job for a good while with most top tier companies. There is a very real threat to their earning potential by be as reckless as your ignorant comment suggests.

RE: No thanks
By xti on 8/28/2013 7:11:34 PM , Rating: 2
nah its true bro. i saw it on the internet.


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