Nissan CEO Sounds Off on the Truth about Autonomous Cars

Nissan's Autonomous Vehicle

What would a world with driverless cars be like? Well, we at Nissan of Lake Charles don’t rightly know, but Nissan president and CEO, Carlos Ghosn, offered his thoughts on the truth about autonomous cars in a series of LinkedIn Influencer articles. We’ll cover a few of the most common questions we’ve heard.

In defining autonomous drive, Ghosn stated, “Autonomous drive combines the technology of robotics, artificial intelligence, sensors and car-to-car connectivity.”

We have already begun to see autonomous drive technology in today’s vehicles through the use of advanced safety features like parking assist, lane departure warning, active cruise control, and even anti-lock brakes.

Ghosn believes we will begin seeing a “near-term technology” in which vehicles will include a full package of autonomous drive features and drivers will be able to drive hands free while monitoring the vehicle. Nissan’s goal for this technology to become available is the year 2020, but Ghosn believes that goal will be made possible by introducing one at a time before the goal deadline.

The Nissan CEO also expressed he believes even further down the line that autonomous cars will become so advanced that they can be fully driverless. But that date is “at least a decade away.”

Importantly, for those of us who actually like getting behind the driver’s wheel, Ghosn emphasized the goal of autonomous tech is to improve safety and increase the joy of driving.

We will simply have to wait and see what the future holds here.

Nissan’s Autonomous LEAF Forges New Roads into the Future

We may not be flying like the Jetsons’ in their futuristic space car, but the car of the future is certainly here in the form of Nissan’s autonomous LEAF.

At the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies show (CEATEC), Nissan became “one of the very first public demonstrations of autonomous drive technology in Japan” according to a correspondent for Nissan Global Media Center.

Nissan showed off the capabilities of the autonomous LEAF, offering test drives to experience the car in action. Even Toyota’s CEO, Akio Toyodo, took a peek at the technologies it boasted.

Nissan’s Autonomous LEAF is equipped with five cameras and a sensory system that gather and process data from the world surrounding the car. With its zero emissions and the ability to carefully maneuver obstructions and other vehicles in its path, this revolutionary LEAF provides the best in safety and environmental responsibility.

After test driving the autonomous LEAF himself, Nissan’s CEO, Charles Ghosn, is “very encouraged” by the amount of technology the car encompasses compared to just two years prior.

Ghosn said in an interview, “The public senses that this is something of the future, something that they need and they will use. So now the pressure is on us, because we have launched this wave of attention on the technology. . . to make sure that we are going to be bringing the first cars on the market.”

The market introduction of Nissan’s autonomous car is, likely, not too far away. It’s hard to believe the future is here.

Nissan works towards self driving cars!

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!