Just five months later, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said that he envisioned self-driving cars in showrooms five years earlier than that - in 2020.
Now Mr Ghosn has revised his original prediction to 2018 - around four years from now - while speaking at a French Automobile Club event this week, provided legislative ‘red tape’ can be sorted by then.
"The problem isn't technology, it's legislation, and the whole question of responsibility that goes with these cars moving around,” Mr Ghosn said, speaking with Automotive News.
“Especially [the question of] who is responsible, once there is no longer anyone inside.”
Legislation is slowly catching up, however, with recent changes to the United Nations Convention On Road Traffic allowing a driver to remove their hands from the steering wheel.
It’s not hard to see why the predicted ‘on-sale’ date for the world’s first fully-autonomous car is continually brought forward, as recent developments by Google and Volvo among others is fast-tracking the technology.
Volvo’s all-new XC90 SUV is due to be unveiled in September this year, with the Swedish carmaker calling it a “highly-autonomous” model.
Australian customers may have to wait beyond 2018, according to Mr Ghosn, as the Renault-Nissan boss predicts buyers in the "pioneer countries" of France, Japan and the US will see the technology first.
He may have overlooked Sweden, however, where Volvo has been making great strides of its own.