Detroit’s three automakers sell more than 2 million large pickups a year in the U.S., generating annual revenue of more than $90 billion, with estimated profits of at least $10,000 per truck — and even more for high-end models.
Nissan is rolling out the test as the number of foreign visitors to Japan has hit record highs ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Major carmakers have promised to have self-driving models rolling off assembly lines as early as 2020.
Nissan North America chairman: “We continue to see customers moving from sedans into SUVs, and it goes on and on and on. The rate of growth is going to come down, but there’s still going to be growth.”
“Comfort and smoothness of ride are a distant priority after making the vehicle safe. Over the company’s three-year history, only about 2% of the time have we considered any element of smoothness or comfort. It has been entirely about getting you...