The country is full of people who hate parallel parking into tight spots. It’s difficult to maneuver, can involve blocking traffic, and you risk hitting other cars in the process. Within a few years, though, this might be a frustration of the past.
Japanese car manufacturer Nissan is planning on introducing a car that can park itself. The company’s CEO, Carlos Ghosn, said as much in a recent press conference that took place in Tokyo, Japan. Additionally, the cars will be able to drive autonomously on crowded highways. The company says these changes will hopefully arrive by the end of 2016.
The company has even bigger plans for 2018 — at that point it hopes to have deployed technology that allows cars to change lanes by themselves, as well as automatically negotiate hazards. And by 2020, Nissan wants to offer cars that can even go through intersections without driver assistance.
Nissan stresses that a completely automated, self-driving car is still a long way off. Originally, Nissan had promised to have completely autonomous cars by 2020, so these new projections are perhaps a bit more realistic than previous ones. However, their new technology will hopefully automate tasks with the aim of enhancing road safety for both the driver and others on the road.
“Autonomous drive is about relieving motorists of everyday tasks, particularly in congested or long-distance situations,” explains Ghosn. Nissan is not the only company offering automated future driving features, but it hopes to be a leader among automobile technology innovators. Google, for its part, has introduced a self-driving car prototype that lacks any sort of manual controls, and plans to build more this summer, this time with options for steering and breaking.
“I believe we’re going to start to see more and more automated cars and automated parking features such as this,” says Gary Ingold, Owner of Duraleigh Auto Center. “I believe a lot of people are going to misuse self parking car systems and cause more issues – similar to what happened when ABS brakes were first introduced. Although the brakes shortened the stopping distance, it was designed to have greater control of the steering. I think the biggest problem the general public will have with automated features like this will be mis-use due to lack of information on the systems.”