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CEO Ghosn Gives Outlook for Autonomous Cars, Rise of Mega-Cities

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July 17 — Tokyo – Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn on Thursday announced the Japanese carmaker’s launch timetable for the latest vehicle automation technologies aimed at accelerating consumer adoption of Autonomous Drive (AD) systems.

Nissan CEO Ghosn in Tokyo

Ghosn said new technologies including automated lane controls and highway traffic management systems would demonstrate to consumers the viability and value of AD systems, which Nissan intends to make commercially viable by 2020.

Speaking at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo, Ghosn said the new technologies are designed to enhance road safety and driving conditions by automating everyday tasks for motorists.

Unlike pilot-projects for completely self-driving vehicles that are currently undergoing preliminary tests elsewhere in the industry, drivers remain in control and ‘at the wheel’ in Nissan models equipped with AD functions.

“By the end of 2016, Nissan will make available the next two technologies under its Autonomous Drive strategy,” said Ghosn. “We are bringing to market a traffic-jam pilot, a technology enabling cars to drive autonomously – and safely – on congested highways. In the same time-frame, we will make fully-automated parking systems available across a wide range of vehicles.”

Ghosn discussed with assembled media various trends affecting the auto industry, including the rise of mega-cities,  increased car connectivity and the impact of exchange rates on manufacturers.

Watch the full video above.

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