Nissan’s Autonomous Car Is Road Legal in Japan

People driving around without their hands on the wheel is, unfortunately, nothing new. But now that person driving next to you while typing on a laptop might actually be legal—at least in Japan.
Nissan is one of the more ambitious automakers in the driverless car game, and this week took a notable step forward when its Leaf autonomous vehicle (can we call them AVs now?) testbed received license approval to drive on Japanese roads. That means Nissan will be able to collect real-life road data on its driver-assist system, as SVP Takao Asami notes in the brief video above. As for the license itself, Nissan has stated the year 2020 is its deadline for bringing multiple AVs to market.