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!
Nissan is well on its way to offering vehicles with fully autonomous driving technology. By 2020, you should be able to purchase a Nissan that essentially does the driving for you.
Like anything, the road to this destination takes steps. Two of those steps were the development of Moving Object Detection and Around View Monitor. These are separate but complementary technologies that, as part of a larger complex of technologies, will allow for true driving autonomy in the future.
Around View Monitor gathers a composite picture of the vehicle’s surroundings and sends it to the driver in real time using four exterior cameras.
Moving Object Detection works with the Around View Monitor technology. MOD analyzes the feed coming from AVM and determines whether there are any moving objects around the vehicle. If so, it can issue audio and visual alerts to the driver.
Nissan has recently licensed these Nissan safety technologies to Hitachi Construction Machinery, which will create revenue that Nissan can further invest in better safety technologies.
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Not long ago, Nissan’s CEO Carlos Ghosn struck out in a speech and stated the company’s plans to have full autonomous cars by no later than 2020. After this statement, many car enthusiasts and industry leaders (although skeptical) were excited to see what Nissan may have in store for the future and even more excited for the changes this could bring to the auto and travel industries as a whole. Nissan escalated the energy levels by revealing a self driving LEAF prototype as proof of their plans to quickly have these new vehicles hit the road as soon as possible. With these plans finally out in the open, our inner child and imagination ran wild with idea of future self driving cars and how much closer that may have us to the Jetson’s way of travel!
Sadly, during a speech in Japan, Mr. Ghosn stated that Nissan’s plans for self driving cars are going to be tapping the brakes and would take longer than originally planned. Another speed bump in the future of this technology is that instead of created a fully automated vehicle; Nissan now says it will slowly rollout more and more automated technologies over the next few years which will slowly build into a full autonomous car. The good news is that none of this means we won’t be getting our self driving cars, merely that we may just have to wait a few more years before we’ll be able to watch a movie or take a nap as the car drives itself safely to our destination.[Top]