Nissan plans to begin selling self-driving cars by 2020

IRVINE, California Tue Aug 27, 2013 2:15pm EDT

A company logo is seen on the newly-unveiled Nissan ''Terrano'' compact sport utility vehicle during a news conference in Mumbai August 20, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A company logo is seen on the newly-unveiled Nissan ''Terrano'' compact sport utility vehicle during a news conference in Mumbai August 20, 2013.

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IRVINE, California (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co Ltd said it will be ready to bring fully self-driving vehicles to market by 2020.

The Japanese automaker said it plans to offer "multiple, commercially viable" vehicles that are capable of autonomous operation without driver input.

The self-driving vehicles will be sold "at realistic prices for consumers," the company said at a media event in Irvine, California.

Nissan said its goal is to offer autonomous cars "across the model range within two vehicle generations" - about 10-12 years after the projected 2020 launch.

The company said it has been researching and developing autonomous vehicles "for years" with such top universities as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford, Oxford, Carnegie Mellon and the University of Tokyo. It is building a dedicated test track in Japan for autonomous vehicles that will be completed by next spring.

Google Inc, the Internet search leader, launched an autonomous car program in 2010 and has built and is testing several different versions, including one based on Toyota Motor Corp's Prius.

(Reporting by Nichola Walker in Irvine and Paul Lienert in Detroit; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

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BrokenToaster wrote:
This tech would be helpful for the elderly and disabled. However, I can also easily see self-driving cars as deadlier targets to hack. I wonder if the basic models will include a manual override option?

Aug 27, 2013 4:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Overcast451 wrote:
So when one hits me – do I sue the operator, Nissan, the dealer – or all of them?

Aug 27, 2013 5:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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