The global chief of the the Renault Nissan Alliance, Carlos Ghosn, has told reporters in Sydney this week that self-driving vehicles are likely to become commonplace in as little as five years.
Ghosn described those vehicles capable of advanced self-driving features will have a "huge advantage" over rival models that lacked autonomous functionality.
"By 2022 most of the cars are going to have some kind of autonomy and some kind of connectivity," Ghosn claimed.
"We're going to go much further, we're going to have big screens, video conferencing... a much bigger level.”
"In the next five years most of the cars which will be on the street will have some capacity for autonomy."
The Renault Nissan Alliance, which also includes luxury brand Infiniti and Japanese automaker Mitsubishi, has been testing self-driving tech in Infiniti luxury models that will allow the brand to match the autonomous plans of prestige rivals including Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Tesla.
Ghosn tested a prototype autonomous Infiniti Q50 sedan in January, reporting that "once you've experienced a car that drives itself, you will feel like you have stepped into the future".
In the Japanese market the Nissan Serena minivan is the brand’s first foray into semi-autonomous tech with advanced ProPilot adaptive cruise control that can maintain following distance, come to a complete stop in heavy traffic, and maintain the vehicle’s lane position.
Ghosn describes the advancement of self-driving technologies as "indispensable" when it comes to allowing motorists to better use time they might otherwise lose negotiating traffic.
"This is going to change the way people see cars - the car is becoming a mobile space where you can relax, teleconference, watch movies... compared to today where it is a transportation device," he says.
"It's a productivity gain, it's a comfort gain. It's a lot of quality of life you are adding to the consumer."
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