Nissan Plans Autonomous Car By 2020
Nissan has a roadmap for a nearly autonomous car by 2020. By 2016, Nissan will have vehicles that can self-park; by 2018, they’ll be able to change lanes without driver intervention, and by 2020 they’ll be able to navigate intersections autonomously.
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Ostensibly, autonomous cars will reduce the number of traffic accidents, injuries, and deaths on the world’s roads. That seems entirely reasonable, as driverless cars won’t be inebriated, tired, distracted by texting, or struggling with failing eyesight and slowing reflexes, but removing liability from human drivers will also open up lots of tricky questions about who’s at fault (and responsible) when, not if, driverless cars are in serious traffic accidents.
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Would it be the auto maker itself? The company that designed the OS? A subsystem developer that failed to update firmware or software quickly enough?
Ghosn said that he wants Nissan to be the first to roll out this driverless future, but the company may also end up pioneering early legislation regarding it, too.