Nissan unveils driverless car technologies
NASHVILLE -- Nissan is following Google into the world of automated driving technology, a newly emerging field of vehicles that theoretically can drive by themselves.
At a consumer electronics show in Japan last week, Nissan displayed what it called a prototype autonomous car based on the electric Leaf, called the NSC-2015.
According to the limited information available on the car, it can locate parking spaces and park without a driver at the wheel.
The technology relies on 4G smartphone communications that connect real-time satellite and Internet data with all-around-view cameras inside the car that monitor parking, street and traffic conditions.
According to Nissan, the technology would permit the owner to step out of the vehicle on the street and walk away, leaving the vehicle to find its own parking space through smartphone commands.
The owner could later summon the car to leave its parking space and find the owner.
Such technology has been generating buzz in recent weeks as California joined Florida and Nevada in passing laws to make driverless cars street legal.
Google has been working on a version of the technology for two years.
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