Although it might sound like something out of a Sci-Fi movie, self-driving cars are just on the horizon. Thanks to a new partnership between Nissan and NASA, commercial applications of autonomous driving systems are now in the works.
So how exactly does this work? Well, Nissan autonomous vehicle systems have been around for a few years; however, this new partnership is aimed at getting the technology to the public. Using remote-control technology, network-enabled communication, and state-of-the art radar, it’s as simple as typing in a destination.
“The work of NASA and Nissan – with one directed to space and the other directed to earth, is connected by similar challenges,” said Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan. He states, “The partnership will accelerate Nissan’s development of safe, secure and reliable autonomous drive technology that we will progressively introduce to consumers beginning in 2016 up to 2020.”
Nissan says the most complex obstacle is by far city driving. Nissan and NASA, who mastered the technology in planetary rovers, are aiming to use vehicle-to-vehicle communications and high-tech cameras to make the system operational. Who knows, maybe in a few years hover cars will be an option as well. At 171 Nissan, we’re excited to see what this partnership will bring to future Nissan vehicles!