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    Nissan announce to launch more than 10 self-driving vehicles by 2020.


    Nissan, together with its French partner Renault, will launch a range of vehicles with autonomous capabilities in the United States, Europe, Japan and China by 2020. Of course, being Renault-Nissan, the cars will be accessibly priced, unlike the flagship German luxury sedans promised in recent years also with autonomous systems.

    "Renault-Nissan Alliance is deeply committed to the twin goals of 'zero emissions and zero fatalities,'" Renault-Nissan Alliance chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn said at the Renault-Nissan Silicon Valley Research Center. "That's why we are developing autonomous driving and connectivity for mass-market, mainstream vehicles on three continents."


    Nissan's first step toward full autonomy will hit the roads in 2016. It says the feature will be called "single-lane control." This system will allow the car drive autonomously on highways, including in heavy, stop-and-go traffic.

    Two years later in 2018, Nissan's "multiple-lane control" will be offered. That, as you might imagine, will expand the single lane system into multiple lanes. With that capability, it will be able to autonomously negotiate road hazards as well as change lanes during highway driving.


    Finally, in 2020, drivers will be offered "intersection autonomy." This robust system will be capable of navigating city intersections and heavy urban traffic without driver intervention.

    So does that mean you'll be able to sit back, relax and play Candy Crush on your smartphone while your Nissan does the driving? Probably not. Lawmakers are very afraid of signing off on any legislation that allows for distracted driving — in self-driving cars or otherwise.

    That said, it'll be cool to let your Nissan handle the daily grind.

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