Nissan’s Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn stated during the recent Nissan quadrennial 360 event that “In 2007 I pledged that, by 2010, Nissan would mass market a zero-emission vehicle. Today, the Nissan LEAF is the best selling electric vehicle in history…” Now this may not seem like news to anyone, because we here at Nissan of Lake Charles can barely keep the 2013 Nissan LEAFs we get in stock on our lots, but what followed may be a shock to many! He continued by saying “Now I am committing to be ready to introduce a new ground breaking technology, Autonomous Drive, by 2020, and we are on track to realize it.” That’s right folks, Nissan is calling their shot (a historical baseball player with the nickname of “the great Bambino” comes to mind) and considering they’ve delivered on their previous statements we’re inclined to believe them!
Now Nissan isn’t the only, nor the first, automotive company to be working towards this type of technology. GM, Toyota, Audi, and Volkswagen (oh and let’s not forget Google!) have also been doing their research. But Nissan is planning to have multiple self-driving models on the market in seven years and wants the technology available across its model range within two vehicle generations. “Cars are typically fully redesigned every five to six years, so that could be within 10-12 years”! We know it’s a long way away, but we can wait to see what’s in store for the future!