No self-driving cars yet for Brazil, India: Ghosn

Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn is to become chairman of Mitsubishi Motors, to help the firm recover after a mileage-cheating scandal that slammed the brakes on sales (AFP Photo/Eric Piermont) (AFP/File)

Paris (AFP) - Autonomous cars will first hit the streets of nations where drivers are "disciplined" and "respect the rules", the Renault-Nissan group boss said.

In an unequivocal stab at the "flexible" approaches to mapping and driving rules in countries like Brazil and India, Carlos Ghosn said the futuristic vehicles would remain off the cards there for now.

"You need to have a mapping which is precise and reliable... You need to have also driving rules which are being respected, because autonomous cars respect the rules," Carlos Ghosn told reporters at the Paris motor show.

"You know very well that in some cities in Brazil, this is a joke, you live in Brazil, I live in Brazil, at night cars don't stop at the red light. Nobody stops."

The Renault-Nissan alliance plans to launch at least 10 driverless cars by 2020.

Ghosn also said that in India's sprawling metropolis Mumbai, "people don't always respect the rules."

He said he believed self-driving cars would come first "to very disciplined driving countries" like Japan, the United States, France or Germany.

"And then little by little we're going to apply the technology for countries where things are a little bit more flexible."