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Tokyo Motor Show kicks off with a spotlight on self-driving cars

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Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan Motor Co. unveils the Nissan IDS Concept vehicle, which features self-driving and zero emission, in the media preview for the Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)


Tokyo: The Tokyo Motor Show kicked off Wednesday with a focus on cars that drive themselves, eco-friendly technologies, and a concept vehicle with tablet-style touch screens aimed at a digital generation.

Nissan unveiled an autonomous electric vehicle, which it said would “revolutionise the relationship between car and driver, and future mobility.”

The motor show’s 44th edition, which runs until November 8, features 160 exhibitors including global auto giants and parts suppliers from a dozen countries.

It starts a week after Honda said it would put a commercialised self-driving car on the road by 2020, as automakers bet on vehicles that can drive and, in some case, park themselves.

Its bigger rival Toyota has plans to roll out an autonomous car by 2020, when Tokyo hosts the Olympics.

Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn said Nissan was on track to put the self-driving technology in multiple vehicles by 2020, and the company is aiming to put an experimental automated car on Japan’s highways as soon as next year.

“It compensates for human error, which causes more than 90 percent of all car accidents,” Ghosn said of the emerging technology.

“As a result, time spent behind wheel is safer, cleaner, more efficient and more fun,” he said in a briefing booth packed with reporters.


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