The two firms have announced “a five-year research and development partnership to advance autonomous vehicle systems”, so as to produce a software for commercial cars.
The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (CES) 2015 has illuminated just how much car companies are investing in new technologies, including new hydrogen fuel cell technology and self-driving cars. Nissan has taken this a step further and partnered with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The two firms have announced “a five-year research and development partnership to advance autonomous vehicle systems”, so as to produce a software for commercial cars.
Nissan hopes to have self-driving cars that can navigate the road mostly independently within the next five years. Both firms are working together to “test autonomous vehicles for transporting materials, goods, payloads, and people”, according to Tech Radar, with a hopeful debut in late 2015/ early 2016. The current software that is being developed will be used to work alongside human drivers, with the eventual plan to adapt to completely automatic cars.
Nissan hopes to have self-driving cars that can navigate the road mostly independently within the next five years.
This will be an enormous improvement from current models, that help parallel park or alert of vehicles in the blind spot. Carlos Ghosn, Nissan’s President and CEO was quoted saying, “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”.
“Somewhere down the line you could be riding in a self-driving, battery-powered Nissan developed using hardware and software perfected in a Mars rover”, Tech Radar said.
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