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Ghosn promises self-parking cars, traffic-jam pilots by end of 2016

by Masaaki Kameda

Staff Writer

Nissan Motor Corp. will introduce cars featuring an automatic parking system and traffic-jam pilot within the next year and a half, President and CEO Carlos Ghosn said Thursday in Tokyo.

“By the end of 2016, Nissan will make available the next two technologies under its autonomous drive strategy,” Ghosn told reporters at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan.

“We are bringing to market a traffic-jam pilot, in which cars will have the capability to drive autonomously and safely on congested highways,” he said. “In the same time frame, we will make fully automated parking systems available across a wide range of vehicles.”

The Yokohama-based automaker announced last August that it would release multiple vehicles featuring automated driving technology by 2020.

Ghosn, who is also CEO of Renault SA, said more autonomous driving technologies will be added to Nissan vehicles toward the end of the decade.

“This will be followed in 2018 by the introduction of the multiple-lane controls, allowing cars to autonomously negotiate hazards and change lanes,” he said, adding the carmaker will introduce an autonomous function allowing vehicles to negotiate city intersections without driver intervention before the end of the decade.

  • Mark Garrett

    I just wanna be able have my car take me home after a night of drinking.