6/4/2014

Driverless Cars by 2018?

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Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says carmakers could introduce self-driving cars in four years if legal and legislative hurdles can be overcome, Reuters reports.

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Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says carmakers could introduce self-driving cars in four years if legal and legislative hurdles can be overcome, Reuters reports.

He tells attendees at a French auto club event that the necessary technology is ready now. The only remaining problem, he says, is updating driving laws to allow such vehicles on public roads. He also cites the question of resolving responsibility if something goes wrong. Ghosn predicts autonomous vehicles will first appear in the technologically "pioneering" countries of France, Japan and the U.S.

Earlier this year the United Nations has proposed a rule that would allow self-driving cars as long as there is a driver behind the wheel who can take control at any time. The UN rule would require that the driver could override or turn off any autonomous system.