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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 tayb on 8/29/2013 4:08:00 PM , Rating: 0
How about you prove it? Prove to me I don't have a right to drive.

You have it backward. I don't need to prove something isn't a right you need to prove it is. And you haven't because that would be impossible. You have no right to drive. What you do have is individual states granting you the privilege of operating a motor vehicle on public roads.

I damn sure pay my taxes and maintain a legal license.

Who cares? Your taxes pay for road construction to move about the country. You don't need to maintain ownership of a vehicle to travel on public roads. Your license is the method by which the states grants you privilege to operate a vehicle. It can be taken away at will by the state.

Why don't you suck on this, you totalitarian asshole

All the links you've referenced don't mention operating a vehicle they mention traveling. You do have a right to move about the country but you do not have a right to operate a motor vehicle. States grant you that privilege. I'm sorry if you can't understand that. I can't help you improve your learning disability.

I'm not going to continue arguing about facts. Whether you believe this fact to be true or not is irrelevant and matters little to me.

RE: No thanks
By Reclaimer77 on 8/29/2013 4:39:55 PM , Rating: 2
You obviously didn't even read the entire link. Not surprising, because it destroys your Socialist argument.

We have a Constitutional right to travel, upheld by the courts. The method of travel is irrelevant. We have an absolute RIGHT to operate motor vehicles.

If you bothered to read, you would see these court cases SPECIFICALLY involved motor vehicles, idiot.

"There is no room for speculation in these court decisions. The American citizen does indeed have the inalienable right to use the roadways unrestricted in any manner as long as they are not damaging or violating property or rights of another."

The fact that we've accepted illegal infringements on this right, doesn't mean it's no longer a right.

RE: No thanks
By sorry dog on 8/29/2013 5:14:26 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder how you feel about other modes of transport.

If I get up on a horse and buggy is that a privilege? .... or do I need a stamp on my horse's ass to prove he doesn't fart too much for global warming.

...and if my horse road legal and should I just choose to use my own two feet in that a privilege as well?

Judging from the number of road side walkers getting questioned by the police as I drive by, I guessing that is probably so.

RE: No thanks
By M'n'M on 8/30/2013 1:20:41 PM , Rating: 3
I don't need to prove something isn't a right you need to prove it is.

Exactly the type of thinking that worried Madison and why the 9'th Amendment was written.

It has been objected also against a bill of rights, that, by enumerating particular exceptions to the grant of power, it would disparage those rights which were not placed in that enumeration; and it might follow, by implication, that those rights which were not singled out, were intended to be assigned into the hands of the General Government, and were consequently insecure. This is one of the most plausible arguments I have ever heard urged against the admission of a bill of rights into this system; but, I conceive, that it may be guarded against. I have attempted it, as gentlemen may see by turning to the last clause of the fourth resolution.

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