Video: Nissan CEO Ghosn Tests Out Autonomous LEAF


Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn certainly wasn’t the first person in the world to be put behind the wheel of the autonomous Nissan LEAF and he definitely won’t be the last, but Mr. Ghosn had to try out the technology as the public gets to experience it in action at CEATEC Japan 2013 (October 1 through October 5).  So, Ghosn booked a trip to the expo-Japan’s largest IT and electronics get together-to sample what his automaker has to offer.

CEO Ghosn Steps Into Driverless LEAF

CEO Ghosn Steps Into Driverless LEAF

Nissan promises that it will have commercially viable and affordable autonomous-drive vehicles ready for mass production by 2020

According to Nissan:

“After riding in the Nissan LEAF at CEATEC Mr. Ghosn said Nissan’s research and development had progressed rapidly since he tested an early prototype behind closed doors two years ago.”

Quoting Ghosn:

“The public sense that this is something of the future – something that they need and that they will use.  Now, the pressure is on us since we have launched this wave of attention about the technology.”

“It’s a fascinating experience and I think we have the talent and the engineering – and the passion also – to bring back the Nissan of technology through something meaningful. And this is meaningful.”

What’s your take on autonomous drive?  Is it the future? Or just a gimmick that will never catch on?

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So self-driving cars of the future is the current Nissan PR gimmick; what good is an self-driving EV when it will only 60 miles without “turtling?”


60 miles * ~300 days = 18,000 miles a year.

Sounds useful to me.


No, because there are no QCers, it’s 60 miles, charge 6 hours, go 60 miles, charge and waste 6 hours, etc. But, the car will go 70 miles if the battery is brand new, it’s not 100 degrees, you drive it in the truck lane and obstruct traffic at 55 mph. Point is Nissan needs a better battery now. The one they use is a definite weakness in an otherwise capable car.

Auto pilot nannies would definitely save lives because there are a lot of drivers with poor judgement driving the highways and that’s a good thing. I would just like to see Nissan place a priority on spending money on a better battery. and not on futures, especially PR futures.

David Stone

There are alot of drivers with a poor driving education.

Everyone I know who did their drivers license in the US, both americans and foreigners, all report the same thing:

the test is a joke.


Wow, an amazing level of exaggeration to make your point:

1) It will go 60 miles without “turtling” – I’m not denying it’s *possible* to turtle after 60 miles but it won’t in general usage.

2) Believe it or not the Nissan LEAF is primarily designed as a commuter/second car, if you require more then 50 miles a day it’s probably not the car for you. I’m not saying you can’t do substantially more, especially if you can charge at work, but for day to day use you need some spare range for unforeseen circumstances.

3) Being 100 degrees doesn’t affect the range at that time, the range actually improves with a warmer battery but high temperatures over time will reduce the battery capacity at a greater rate than lower average temperatures.

4) Nissan are working on better batteries, obviously, as has already been reported on this site. They can work on more than one thing at a time.

5) Since you obviously don’t own a LEAF (I do), you should probably stop making comments about them since you just come across as irrational and ignorant.


I bet $2,020 they don’t.


I love it and I want one, either from Tesla or Nissan. This technology would save a lot of lives and restore mobility to the blind, the elderly and many others. People could have a couple of drinks and not get arrested on the way home. Driving could become a whole lot safer for everyone.


Why resist progress?

David Stone

That is what public transport is for.

Oh wait, the oil companies and their lackeys in government, with little opposition from the ‘I don’t want to think, or even know, about it’ masses, destroyed that and biking infrastructure years ago.


Hey, many people will be happy with self-charging EVs instead.

What happened to the wireless charging that Nissan was so excited about?