Nissan Announces Unprecedented Autonomous Drive Benchmarks

Google isn’t the only company out there that’s experimenting with self-driving cars. Today, Nissan revealed its aim of putting self-driving cars on the road by the year 2020. Don’t think that Nissan is teaming up with Google, it isn’t. It will create the self-drive technology on its own. To create its own technology called Autonomous Drive, Nissan is using its own engineers and will be teaming up with some of the biggest universities around the world, such as MIT, Oxford, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon and University of Tokyo.

Nissan will first test out these cars on a track or what it refers to as the “proving ground.” The company says that program to build this proving ground in Japan is already underway and it is expected to be completed by the end of 2014. The company says that this ground or track will feature real townscapes and its sole purpose will be to “push vehicle testing beyond the limits,” so as to ensure that the technology is safe for public roads. Nissan says that its Autonomous Drive technology will be implemented in multiple commericially viable models by 2020, though it hasn’t dropped any hints yet as to how much you’ll have to fork out for a self-driving car.

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