The future is coming at us faster than we can handle. Who would have thought just a few years ago that we would have scheduled trips to Mars planned, drones that deliver food, or even the Nintendo Switch because just look at that technology, a portable gaming system! It’s not like every human has one of those in their left pocket right now…
Lately, there’s been a huge push towards cars that drive themselves, AKA self-driving cars, or as they are commonly known as fully autonomous vehicles. Nissan is trying their hand at their own fully autonomous vehicle. The project has been headed by Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault and chairman of the Renault Nissan alliance. He states his plan is to have more safe and intelligent vehicles capable of making better driving decisions than human drivers. The cars will have a feature called single lane control which allows them to drive autonomously on highways without switching lanes.
Nissan, in partnerhip with Renault, has signed a research contract to develop an all new service that provides on-demand transportation. This new vehicle service is set to launch in North America, Europe, Japan, and China beginning in 2018. By 2020, it is planned that the vehicles will be fully self-driving, with the ability to navigate busy city intersections without any driver interference. A test was run earlier this month in London, England on public roads to a smashing success. Nissan and Renault have also joined forces with DeNA, a Japanese internet company, to begin development of self-driving cars there as well.
Though Nissan and Renault are in the preliminary stages, it will be interesting to see what the future hold for car drivers and the Nissan brand.