Nissan has revealed that it is not far away from a mass produced, self-driving car to sell to the general public.
The next seven years will see the Japanese firm accelerate development of autonomous, hands-free vehicles to the point that we should be seeing robo-cars in showrooms as early as the year 2020.
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said in a recent press release: "In 2007 I pledged that – by 2010 – Nissan would mass market a zero-emission vehicle. 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 realise it."
Ghosn also revealed that Nissan is creating a bespoke test track in Japan, specifically to recreate real world environments to see if the autonomous machines can handle the likes of buildings, pedestrians and other cars without getting into difficulty.
The futuristic cars work using a 360-degree camera system, dubbed 'Around View', as well as laser scanners that link to a computer system to constantly monitor the surrounding area.
Andy Palmer, Nissan's executive vice president didn't rule out a coalition with the likes of Google either by saying, ""I don't preclude the possibility of working with Google - or anyone else for that matter."
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