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It seems Google is not alone in developing self-driving cars. Take for example the Nissan NSC-2015, which is making its rounds — literally! — at the CEATEC 2012 Smart Mobility 2012 exhibit in Japan. At first glance, it looks just like any ordinary Nissan Leaf electric car. A closer look shows you that it's not your run-of-the-mill Leaf.
This particular concept car from Nissan can run without a driver, as it drives itself and can even park. The car uses servos built into its steering wheel, shifter and pedals. The car senses road markings to keep it driving along its path, and it even stops at pedestrian crossings.
The NSC-2015 communicates with its owner through LTE connectivity, which offers remote-access features, such as seeing a 360-degree view of the car's surroundings while parked, and being alerted on your Android smartphone when someone is tampering with the car. Users can even set off the car alarm remotely.
Check out the video demonstration below. The Nissan NSC-2015 may not yet be available on streets anytime soon, although Nissan hopes to make the technology commercially available by 2015 (hence the name).