Nissan Motor Co. will launch a car with self-driving technologies in Japan in 2016, the automaker's CEO, Carlos Ghosn, announced in New York.

"There will be a Nissan product in Japan, which will carry autonomous drive," Ghosn said at a news conference Thursday on the sidelines of the second day of the New York International Auto Show. "Obviously when you have this kind of technology, you want also the Japanese market to enjoy it as soon as possible."

Ghosn said the automaker, which has a five-year partnership with NASA to develop the emerging technology, set a time line of 2016 for when it will launch its first self-driving car. Japan is the first market where Nissan has indicated the car will be sold.