Nissan is on track to put its first fully autonomous vehicle into production in 2020, CEO Carlos Ghosn is confirming. But whether they actually can be driven on public roads will depend on government regulators.
Two years ago, the Japanese maker became the first car company to commit to putting self-driving technology into production. Since then, a number of manufacturers have announced similar plans. Several states, including Nevada, Michigan and California, have enacted laws allowing prototype testing, but experts say the lack of national rules could prevent the sale and use of the technology once production begins.
“Our cars will be ready,” Nissan CEO Ghosn told reporters during a meeting at the company’s headquarters in Yokohama today. (more…)