Lane-switching, overtaking other vehicles and merging with traffic were part of what Nissan described as a first-of-its-kind test of a self-driving car on public roads, carried out in Japan's Kanagawa Prefecture. Nissan said it hopes to bring self-driving technology to market by 2020. "Even though the driver was in the seat, his hands were away from the steering wheel. ... I really felt [automated driving technology] was a breakthrough," said Kanagawa Gov. Yuji Kuroiwa, who rode in the car.
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