Nissan to launch affordable autonomous cars by 2020

In 2012 the IEEE predicted that up to 75 per cent of road cars would be autonomous by 2040 but Nissan says it will have its fleet of affordable autonomous vehicles ready for consumers by 2020.

The Japanese automotive company has announced plans to be ready with multiple, commercially-viable autonomous drive vehicles by 2020.

Nissan believes its autonomous driving will be affordable, adding that it has set a goal of vehicle availability across its model range within two vehicle generations.

The company used Nissan 360 – a test drive and stakeholder event held in Southern California – to show how laser scanners, around view monitor cameras, plus advanced artificial intelligence and actuators could enable Nissan LEAFs to autonomously negotiate complex real-world driving scenarios.

The Engineer’s July cover feature looks the gradual process of developing a truly driverless vehicle for the world’s roads, whilst our latest Podcast sees the editorial team discuss autonomous vehicles, HS2, Elon Musk’s Hyperloop proposal and airport expansion in south east England.