The Japanese car maker is gearing up to introduce vehicles that can park themselves and give you a break in traffic by 2016, CEO Carlos Ghosn announced Wednesday during a press conference in Tokyo.
“By the end of 2016, Nissan will make available the next two technologies under its autonomous drive strategy,” Ghosn said. “We are bringing to market a traffic-jam pilot, a technology enabling cars to drive autonomously — and safely — on congested highways. In the same timeframe, we will make fully automated parking systems available across a wide range of vehicles.”
Two years later, the company plans to introduce vehicles that can change lanes and negotiate roadway hazards automatically. Before the end of the decade, Nissan vehicles will be able to handle intersections without your help.
Nissan’s autonomous drive technologies are designed to enhance road safety and driving conditions by automating everyday tasks, Ghosn said. He cautioned, however, that truly self-driving cars, which don’t require any human interaction, are still a ways off. With Nissan’s new technologies, drivers will still remain in control and at the wheel.