Self-driving cars may hit roads in 2018, says Renault-Nissan CEO
Carlos Ghosn: ‘The problem isn’t technology, it’s legislation’
A Google self-driving car on show at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Photograph: Eric Risberg/AP
Renault has created the Next 2 prototype version of its Zoe model which enables drivers to let go of the controls at speeds below 30 kilometres per hour thanks to GPS positioning, cameras and sensors, though a human must stay behind the wheel.
“The problem isn’t technology, it’s legislation, and the whole question of responsibility that goes with these cars moving around . . . and especially who is responsible once there is no longer anyone inside,” Ghosn said at a French Automobile Club event.
An amendment to United Nations rules agreed earlier this year would let drivers take their hands off the wheel of self-driving cars.
Provided the amendment clears all bureaucratic hurdles, it would allow a car to drive itself, as long as the system “can be overridden or switched off by the driver”. A driver must be present and able to take the wheel at any time.