Cars that can park themselves by 2016 say Nissan
We recently wrote about Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and revealed how he was on course to be Japan’s highest paid executive, again. Well, perhaps his pay check is justified if Nissan’s latest announcement comes to fruition.
The Japanese car giant says it will have introduced vehicles that can park themselves by 2016. And if that’s not enough, by 2020 they’re aiming to have automobiles that are literally capable of driving themselves!
You may have heard other car manufacturers talking about similar technology but while companies such as Toyota and Ford are indeed looking to implement similar technology, Nissan is looking to take it to another level.
“You need to be first with very significant features. There’s always a premium with those who come first.” said Ghosn. He’s obviously fully aware that the technology represents a major investment for the company.
However, the race to introduce such automated-driving features is definitely one that he wants Nissan to win. This is evident in his remarks highlighting that new technologies are often associated with the brands that introduced them.
But it’s not just traditional automobile manufacturers that are competing in the autonomous cars race, with Google also announcing that it has some 100 such cars designed and ready to begin testing this year.
Driverless cars, however, are not just a gimmick for people who want to sit back and enjoy the ride. In fact, U.S. regulators are hoping that the new technology will go some way to reducing the number of people killed in traffic accidents annually – some 30,000 in the U.S. alone!