30 Aug '13, 7pm

The future of cars is autonomous...and electric:

This self-driving Nissan LEAF can intelligently judge who goes first at an intersection. Nissan is commercializing the cars by 2020. (Nissan photo) The future of the automobile is driver-free—and it’s electric, too. When Nissan announced in rather dramatic fashion that it would produce a commercial autonomous vehicle by 2020, the company showed off a prototype loaded down with cameras, laser scanners, radar and sonar sensors . It could have been any car in Nissan’s stable, but it was a LEAF battery car. “Electric cars are well suited to autonomous drive (AD) because all actuators are already electrified with precise controllability,” said Nissan spokesman Brian Brockman. “Of course, AD is also technically possible when paired with vehicles powered by internal combustion or hybrid powertrains.” It Knows the Rules of the Road As the New York Times pointed out , "Nissan's int...

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