Before the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan Thursday, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn issued a roadmap outlining the automaker’s path toward the first autonomous vehicles in 2020.
The Wall Street Journal reports the following steps Renault-Nissan will take towards its 2020 Autonomous Drive target:
- 2016: The automaker will introduce a traffic jam pilot and fully automated parking systems, the former of which would allow vehicles to safely drive their passengers through rush hour and other congestion scenarios.
- 2018: Vehicles will use multiple lane controls to safely negotiate road hazards and lane changes.
- 2020: Vehicles will use intersection autonomy to delivery their passengers safely through intersections without the need for driver intervention.
Ghosn emphasized the difference between his company’s approach to autonomy over those like Google, who are pursuing vehicles that drive themselves:
Autonomous Drive is about relieving motorists of everyday tasks, particularly in congested or long-distance situations. The driver remains in control, at the wheel, of a car that is capable of doing more things automatically. Self-driving cars, by comparison, don’t require any human intervention — and remain a long-way from commercial reality. They are suitable only for tightly-controlled road-environments, at slow speeds, and face a regulatory minefield
He concluded that the 2020 roadmap was only the beginning, with further advancements to come on the momentum generated by the plan.