If you’re anything like us, you’re still wondering what’s going on with the future of autonomous cars? Are they here, are they not? How close are we to being able to sit back and relax and not worry about driving to the next destination because our car has it all taken care of?
Well, we now have a little insight as to when we could be seeing the technology! Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of Renault-Nissan Alliance recently released a Q & A highlighting the truth about ‘autonomous drive’ cars and we’ve broken down the most important information for you below.
- What exactly is autonomous drive? It’s a combination of technology that incorporates robotics, sensor, car-to-car connectivity and artificial intelligence that would allow a car to operate on its own.
- When will we start to see the technology in cars and will a driverless car ever be possible? Some of the technology is already present in vehicles – i.e. Anti-lock brakes, active cruise control and parking assist. Ghosn revealed that Nissan plans to have completed Autonomous Drive technology on a variety of models by 2020. He also said that more comprehensive autonomous technology will be introduced a feature at a time, with the long-term goal of a completely autonomous car being at least a decade into the future.
- Will a completely autonomous be car safe? The answer to that is, yes. After years and years of testing and experimenting, the goal of a driverless car is to eliminate accidents and fatalities altogether. Ghosn pointed out that Renault-Nissan Alliance’s mantra is “Zero Emissions, Zero Fatalities” and that a driverless car would help to make “Zero Fatalities” a reality. With autonomous drive technology, cars would be able to react faster than a human, allowing it to avoid crashes and maintain complete control.
- What other benefits are there? Besides having fewer car crashes, there are many benefits to having this technology. Commuting will be easier and more productive, the elderly will have more mobility, and you could send the car for pickup if you’re too busy to go yourself.
It won’t be long before driverless cars are all over the place and we couldn’t be more excited. Nissan has partnered with NASA to develop the future technology and they will also collaborate with universities such as Stanford, MIT, Oxford and the University of Tokyo. If you want to read the entire Q & A with Carlos Ghosn, click here.