Nissan promises to have self-driving cars by 2020

Nissan announced Tuesday that it will have self driving cars ready for sale to the public by 2020.

Nissan said it's working with universities including MIT, Oxford and the University of Tokyo to make that promise a reality.

The company unveiled a specially equipped Nissan Leaf that can drive itself in Irvine, California, on Tuesday.

"Today, the Nissan Leaf is the best-selling electric vehicle in history. Now I am committing to be ready to introduce a new ground-breaking technology, Autonomous Drive, by 2020, and we are on track to realize it,â?? said Nissanâ??s CEO Carolos Ghosn in a statement.

The car is equipped with video monitors, laser scanners and artificial intelligence to allow it to drive itself.

Google, Audi and Toyota are also working on self-drive technology, so competition in the field is heating up.

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(Information courtesy NBC News)