Nissan will introduce autonomous technology into its model line-up by 2017, according to the vice president of vehicle design and development, David Moss.
Testing of the technology is under way, and while it will initially be used to enhance safety features, it will lead to a fully autonomous car that utilises the manufacturer’s electric technology.
“The next big thing for us is autonomous tech,” Moss said. “Nissan isn’t about making cars that drive themselves, what it’s about is building on the advanced features we have on the car, like the driving assistance aids.
“We will bring in technologies that improve safety but take away the less attractive bits of driving, like sitting in traffic jams. But we don’t want to take the fun out of the cars.
“It will initially work in single lane ‘traffic jam mode’ up to a certain speed, then the next thing – which will only be a few years after – will be to take it to ‘highway mode’ where we bring in multi-lane capabilities so the vehicles have the ability to decide to change lanes,” he added.