It’s not necessarily because all autonomous cars will also be fully-electric, though that’s entirely possible, but it would rather come thanks to the advances in traffic represented by the use of robot cars.
The idea is simple in its intricacy – the future autonomous car that will become ubiquitous to our urban areas will be tremendously advanced, such that it will greatly lower the city center traffic because the self-driving vehicles will intelligently work together to ensure a smooth flow. And thanks to smoother traffic, there will be less stops and starts, meaning emissions and fuel consumption will go down significantly. At least that’s the theory from Nissan autonomous drive technology manager Stewart Callegari, the specialist that heads the company’s autonomous drive technology strategy. And the promise is the technology will arrive quickly – not late – by 2020, Nissan is already looking to introduce its third-generation Pro Pilot tech.
While the company has yet to roll in certain places even the first-generation technology – it arrives in Europe alongside the facelifted Qashqai sometimes this summer – the upgraded functionality will provide perks such as junction management and “It will take away all the negative aspects of city driving. We don’t want to remove the driver, and we know that car buyers still enjoy being in control. We instead want to support the driver with autonomous technologies that are useful in the real world – while also improving overall safety,” added the expert, who says the real-world benefits will soon convince even the skeptical public.