Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn taps the brakes on autonomous car progress

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“Self-driving cars remain a long way from commercial reality.”

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn shocked the automotive industry last year when he announced that his company plans to offer consumers an autonomous car by 2020. The automaker even showed off its self-driving Leaf prototype as proof. He was bolder recently with the pronouncement that select markets could have them in 2018, if laws allowed. The boss’ optimism appears to be waning, though, and he’s now sounding a lot more conservative about the future. While driverless vehicles are still on the way, Ghosn is hedging his bets with a more gradual implementation of several systems.

During a speech in Japan, Ghosn laid out Nissan’s new roadmap toward autonomous driving. Instead of plunking down a complete vehicle in 2020, the new plan has a rollout with waves of innovations. According to Automotive News, the first milestone comes by the end of 2016 with the introduction of traffic-jam assist and fully automated parking. In 2018, some models get automatic lane changing, and finally around 2020, another feature will allow cars to handle intersections without driver inputs. All of this new tech still requires someone at the controls for most of the time.

“Self-driving cars remain a long way from commercial reality,” Ghosn said in his speech, according to AN.

The latest announcement isn’t quite the driving utopia that Ghosn alluded to last year. At the time, he said: “I am committing to be ready to introduce a new groundbreaking technology, Autonomous Drive, by 2020, and we are on track to realize it.” Evidently, that plan may have gone a little off the rails.

Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn taps the brakes on autonomous car progress originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Indie rockers Local Natives perform from back of Nissan Rogue

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Most bands go through a fairly simple trajectory of vehicles to make it to shows. When they form, it’s all about just getting to the gig and anything works. As they build a following and start touring a little regionally, they upgrade to a van to fit all of the members and equipment. Finally, if they taste big time success, they move to the tour bus. However, indie band Local Natives is taking an interesting detour from that path in a new promotion from Nissan called Off the Stage for the Rogue.

The members show up to the middle of nowhere in a pair of the CUVs, and in a few minutes the vehicles are set up to be the group’s sound system and its stage. This promo also acts as a video for the song Breakers, which is a bit of a slow jam, but the scenery is absolutely beautiful. Scroll down to watch the Local Natives turn the Rogue into a place to perform practically anywhere.

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Indie rockers Local Natives perform from back of Nissan Rogue originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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What you missed on 7.16.14

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Dodge Challenger HellcatChallenger SRT Hellcat specs and price

Holy Hellcat. We’ll have our first driving impressions of the 707-horsepower Challenger in the near future, but today, we learned that the cost of entry for this behemoth will be just $59,995. That’s a steal, considering this 199-mph machine is the most powerful muscle car money can buy. We’ve got the full details on the rest of the 2015 Challenger range, too.

Nissan 370Z Nismo Quick Spin: 2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo

Despite being on the market for six years now, the Nissan 370Z is finally available in what is perhaps its best form. Meet the 2015 370Z Nismo – a more powerful version of the usual Z car with styling that’s far more tame (and attractive) than Nismo versions before it. We had a chance to drive the new Z Nismo in Tennessee last week, and have the full scoop in our quick spin.

Smart ForTwo and ForFourNew Smart Fortwo and Forfour revealed

We’ll be honest: the current Smart Fortwo is, well, not great. And the brand isn’t exactly doing all that well, especially here in the States. But Daimler hasn’t given up on its minicar, and has just released all the information on not only the next-gen Fortwo, but the aptly named, four-door Forfour. Read all about ‘em, here.

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What you missed on 7.16.14 originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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