Nissan caused a stir when they announced plans to launch "multiple, commercially-viable Autonomous Drive vehicles by 2020" but it appears the hype was slightly unwarranted as the company has now confirmed they won't be fully autonomous.

Nissan caused a stir when they announced plans to launch "multiple, commercially-viable Autonomous Drive vehicles by 2020" but it appears the hype was slightly unwarranted as the company has now confirmed they won't be fully autonomous.

During a recent press conference, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said the company will launch their first autonomous driving functions by the end of 2016. The first system will be a "traffic-jam pilot" which will enable the car to drive itself on congested highways. At the same time, Nissan will also introduce a fully-automated parking system that will enable the car to park itself.

In 2018, Nissan plans to offer a semi-automations driving system that will allow their cars to automatically "negotiate hazards and change lanes." By the end of the decade, the system will gain "intersection-autonomy" which will allow the car to "negotiate city cross-roads without driver intervention."

Nissan went on to stress that "unlike pilot-projects for completely self-driving vehicles, currently undergoing preliminary tests elsewhere in the industry, drivers remain in control and 'at the wheel' in Nissan models equipped with Autonomous Drive functions."