Nissan has joined the list of auto-makers who plan to have autonomous cars on the road by 2020.

Nissan will have its self-driving technology functional by 2020. Source: NissanNissan will have its self-driving technology functional by 2020. Source: NissanNissan CEO Carlos Ghosn told reporters at Nissan's headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, that his company's self-driving technology will be functional by 2020. Ghosn was quoted as saying that good progress was being made in reaching this goal and that "our cars will be ready."

Companies such as Google and Tesla have been experimenting with autonomous vehicle technology and working on prototype cars. Tesla is working on an automatic turn and passing function in its Model S Sedan series.

Nissan is concentrating more on driver assistance and enhancement. Ghosn says the company may develop a driver-less car, but that is not their initial goal.

"That is the car of the future. But the consumer is more conservative ... that makes us cautious,” Ghosn was quoted as saying.

In January, Nissan and NASA's Ames Research Center agreed to jointly develop self-driving vehicle systems, robotics, human-machine interface, software analysis/verification and network-enabled applications. The two organizations will also work to develop algorithms, concepts and self-driving car prototypes.

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