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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 MichalT on 8/28/2013 7:37:26 PM , Rating: 2
I'd prefer to be automatically chauffeured around so I can focus on things other than the idiots on the road. However, if it excites you to constantly monitor your engine's RPM level, speed, other drivers, speed cameras, etc. please use your brain power for that.

And before I hear any silly comments, I've been driving a stick sports car for more than 20 years. If I have to pay attention to the driving, I'd rather have full control. But I would opt for a Google style auto driving car if that was an option.

RE: No thanks
By Flunk on 8/29/2013 9:31:24 AM , Rating: 2
Be my guest, no one is saying you can't have one. I don't mind if people who don't care about driving have automated cars, assuming that the cars are competent drivers that is. It might even be better than the current situation.

But I'm with them, if anything my next car is going to be less automatic than my current one. Hyundai Genesis R-Spec is looking quite good right now.

RE: No thanks
By cruisin3style on 8/29/2013 2:21:06 PM , Rating: 3
I'm with them, feel free to drive (or ride) in a automated car but I'm driving myself in a stick shift for as long as they make em

RE: No thanks
By Jeffk464 on 8/29/2013 3:17:46 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure you will also be able to override the automation when you end up on an enjoyable road.

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