Last year Ghosn said he thinks the company will have a self-driving car on the market in 2020. Announcing changes to Tesla’s autopilot system yesterday, Musk predicted that one of his company’s cars will drive itself across the United States within 24 to 36 months, but Renault-Nissan’s boss is insistent that true autonomy is still considerably farther away.
“I understand there is a marketing war, a lot of announcements; that’s fair, everybody wants a piece of it,” Ghosn told journalists at Nissan’s pre-show reception before the opening of the Detroit motor show, “but at the same time judge on what is on the market.”
Ghosn flatly refused to alter his prediction that the first self-driving Nissan is still four years away.
“The problem is very complicated; what is an autonomous car?” he asked. “If it’s a question of being autonomous on one lane on a highway or maybe changing lanes, then yes this is 2016, 2017.