Yokohama, Japan -- October 1, 2013 -- Ahead of demonstrations to the public at CEATEC JAPAN 2013, Nissan's CEO Carlos Ghosn has experienced the latest developments in Nissan's Autonomous Drive technology.
Ghosn visited the exhibitionâ€”Japan's largest for IT and electronicsâ€”at the Mahukari Messe convention centre outside Tokyo to ride in a Nissan LEAF equipped with the system. CEATEC is the first chance for members of the public to see Nissan's Autonomous Drive vehicles in action.
The advanced state of Nissan's Autonomous Drive was first announced at Nissan 360 in Irvine, Cal., in August. During the reveal, Nissan committed to having multiple commercially viable Autonomous Drive vehicles ready by 2020 and to deploy the technology across the model range within two car generations.
After riding in the Nissan LEAF at CEATEC, Ghosn said Nissan's research and development had progressed rapidly since he tested an early prototype behind closed doors two years ago.
"The public sense that this is something of the future â€“ something that they need and that they will use," said Ghosn. "Now, the pressure is on us since we have launched this wave of attention about the technology."