IRVINE, California (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co Ltd said it will be ready to bring fully self-driving vehicles to market by 2020.
The Japanese automaker said itplans to offer "multiple, commercially viable" vehicles that are capableof autonomous operation without driver input.
The self-driving vehicles will be sold "at realistic prices forconsumers," the company said at a media event in Irvine, California.
Nissan said its goal is to offer autonomous cars "across the modelrange within two vehicle generations" - about 10-12 years after theprojected 2020 launch.
The company said it has been researching and developing autonomousvehicles "for years" with such top universities as MassachusettsInstitute of Technology, Stanford, Oxford, Carnegie Mellon and theUniversity of Tokyo. It is building a dedicated test track in Japan forautonomous vehicles that will be completed by next spring.
Google Inc, the Internet search leader, launched an autonomous carprogram in 2010 and has built and is testing several different versions,including one based on Toyota Motor Corp's Prius.
(Reporting by Nichola Walker in Irvine and Paul Lienert in Detroit; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)