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Nissan Motor Co. today said it intends to have multiple self-driving vehicles ready for retail sale in 2020.
The assertion shows the Japanese automaker pushing ahead on a promising new technology. But the sale of self-driving vehicles could be derailed by federal traffic safety regulators.
Nissan has been working on self-driving vehicles for years at its Japanese r&d centers, and now plans to step up its investment in the technology, including a new proving ground dedicated to autonomous vehicles.
The company also recently opened an advanced technology center in California's Silicon Valley that is working on autonomous vehicles.
Other automakers also are working on self-driving vehicles, which would allow drivers to take their hands and eyes off the road and rely on technology to safely guide the vehicles.
But many proponents say that significant hurdles -- including federal safety regulations -- remain before the vehicles can go to market.
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