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Nissan Plans to Introduce Driverless Cars by 2020

Scott Olson/Getty Images(IRVINE, Calif.) -- Nissan announced Tuesday that the company will aim to have driverless cars on the market by 2020.

Work has already begun in Japan to build the autonomous driving vehicles, and the automaker's goal is to start testing by the end of 2014.

The company delved into research efforts with universities like Stanford, Carnegie Mellon and Oxford, and is also looking into collaborating with start-ups.

"Nissan Motor Company's willingness to question conventional thinking and to drive progress is what sets us apart," CEO Carlos Ghosn said in a release. "In 2007 I pledged that by 2010 Nissan would mass market a zero-emission vehicle. Today, the Nissan LEAF is the best-selling electric vehicle in history. Now I am committing to be ready to introduce a new ground-breaking technology, Autonomous Drive, by 2020, and we are on track to realize it."

The driverless car aims to decrease the number of crashes due to human error using advanced technology to detect dangerous situations.

The Japanese automaker isn't the first to venture into the high-tech vehicles. General Motors, Ford and BMW are developing similar systems.

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