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PARIS – Once the stuff of science fiction, the self-driving car could be on American roads in four years, according to the leader of one of the world’s largest auto manufacturing groups.

The only roadblock? Red tape.

“The problem isn’t technology, it’s legislation,” said Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault-Nissan, at a French Automobile Club event on Tuesday. Ghosn predicted the controversial cars could hit the road in 2018 in “pioneer countries,” like the United States, France and Japan.

Several carmakers including Renault, Tesla and Volvo have been working on driverless vehicles for a few years. While those companies gear up prototypes, other companies have run successful tests recently.

Mercedes-Benz tested a self-driving S class limousine in Germany last August. In 2012, Google ran their own autonomous car in Nevada. The technology corporation’s latest model has no gas pedal, no brake and no steering wheel, according to a blog post from their website in May.

“We’ll have two seats, a space for passengers’ belongings, buttons to start and stop, and a screen that shows the route — and that’s about it,” wrote Chris Urmson, director of Google’s Self-Driving Car Project.



Article Courtesy of WEWS NewsChannel 5

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