At one point or another, you’ve probably daydreamed about having a car that could drive itself. The day you could plug in an address, put your seat back, kick your feet up on the dashboard and your car would take it from there.
That day may be closer than you think! Nissan is actively working to turn that dream into a reality, and the automaker plans to do so by the end of this decade.
If all goes according to plan, you’ll see several Nissan models on the market by 2020 that will come equipped with a fully functioning “Autonomous Drive” option, which includes the ability to independently change lanes on the highway. And, of course, these vehicles could be synced up to a standard navigation system, so typing in an address is the only work you’d have to do during your commutes.
Nissan Motor Company CEO Carlos Ghosn had this to say about the bold project:
“In 2007, I pledged that – by 2010 – Nissan would mass market a zero-emission vehicle. Today, the Nissan LEAF is the best-selling electric vehicle in history. Now I am committing to be ready to introduce a new groundbreaking technology, Autonomous Drive, by 2020, and we are on track to realize it.”
The project is an extension of Nissan’s Safety Shield initiative, which aims to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities from car accidents. Nissan is using more than 80 years of research to produce these innovative vehicles and has also partnered with about two dozen prestigious institutions worldwide, including Boston-based MIT.
We’re looking forward to the day we can bring these self-driving cars to Stratham, but until then, feel free to check out what we have in stock at our NH Nissan dealership.