Yokohama - Nissan is sticking to its guns on self-driving technology that uses radar sensors and cameras, but not lidar or light-based sensors, and this they put down to high costs and limited capabilities.
The Japanese carmaker unveiled updated self-driving technology a month after Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk called lidar "a fool's errand", berating the technology for being expensive and unnecessary.
Nissan, which wants to have its self-driving cars on city streets by 2020, has long shunned lidar, a relatively new technology for cars, which has recently been the subject of an influx in investment by many of its rivals.
"At the moment, lidar lacks the capabilities to exceed the capabilities of the latest technology in radar and cameras," Tetsuya Iijima, general manager of advanced technology development for automated driving, told reporters at Nissan's headquarters.
"It would be fantastic if lidar technology was at the level that we could use it in our systems, but it's not. There's an imbalance between its cost and its capabilities."