Nissan's vision for self-driving cars isn't what you might expect

May 18th, 2015 by

When someone talks of a self-driving vehicle, you likely start picturing a vehicle that drives completely on its own, without the help of a human pilot whatsoever. This image has been helped along by companies like Google, that continually bring attention to their autonomous vehicle that has no need for human interaction.  

At Nissan, there is a significantly different mindset when it comes to self-driving vehicles. To them, self-driving vehicles are really only assisting drivers in various situations. In fact, according to Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, there are no plans whatsoever for the company to produce a completely driverless vehicle. And given that Nissan is already somewhat ahead of the curve when it comes to the all-around view technology, the arrival of the Nissan driverless car appears to be approximately five years away.

The only hangup that Ghosn sees when it comes to driverless technology in vehicles is having it approved by regulators before being allowed on the roads. But as for the technology, the company is already well on its way to getting there. The vision is a vehicle that provides a 360-dgeree view around the vehicle for drivers, in order to significantly reduce the occurrence of accidents. In this way, the car will simply assisting the driver.

One of the main reasons that Nissan is excited to go this direction is that they have been listening to what car consumers are looking for. Internet connectivity, low emissions and autonomous features are high on the list. But the desire for a completely autonomous car is still unknown, as far as the Nissan execs are concerned.

Exactly what the future holds remains to be seen. But one would figure there is still a large portion of the population that cares about actually driving their vehicle, as opposed to being relegated to a mere passenger. What do you think? What is the future of autonomous cars?

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