Home, James? Are you ready for autonomous cars? [w/poll]

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“Autonomous vehicles are an important step on the way to accident-free driving.”

It’s never comforting to watch a driver fiddle with their smartphone, especially when they’ve got both hands off the wheel as they approach a busy intersection. But I found myself letting loose a sigh of relief as our sedan came to a smooth stop and waited for traffic to clear before proceeding on its way.

What was both comforting – and disconcerting – was the fact that the driver had absolutely nothing to do with that simple, everyday act. Credit the prototype Nissan Leaf I was hitching a ride in during a recent demonstration of the Japanese maker’s rapidly improving autonomous vehicle technology.

During a recent worldwide media event, Nissan 360, global marketing chief Andy Palmer issued a groundbreaking promise, declaring that the Japanese automaker “will be ready to bring a readily affordable, fully affordable autonomous vehicle to the market by 2020.”

And Nissan isn’t alone. Days later, Cadillac officials suggested they will be close behind with a self-driving vehicle of their own, while Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche told his own audience at the Frankfurt Motor Show last week that, “For us, autonomous vehicles are an important step on the way to accident-free driving.”


Paul EisensteinPaul A. Eisenstein is Publisher of TheDetroitBureau.com and a 30-year veteran of the automotive beat. His editorials bring his unique perspective and deep understanding of the auto world to Autoblog readers on a regular basis.

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