Nissan and NASA partner to develop autonomous drive vehicles by year end

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 by

Motor Company and NASA announced the formation of a five-year research and development partnership to advance autonomous vehicle systems and prepare for the commercial application of the technology.

Nissan Partners with NASA

Researchers from Nissan’s U.S. Silicon Valley Research Center and NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, will focus on autonomous drive systems, human-machine interface solutions, network-enabled applications, and software analysis and verification.

Nissan Partners with NASA

The two organizations will test a fleet of zero-emission autonomous vehicles at Ames to demonstrate remote operation of autonomous vehicles for the transport of materials, goods, payloads and people. The first vehicle of that fleet should be tested at the facility by the end of .

Nissan Partners with NASA

“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,” said Carlos Ghosn, President and CEO of Nissan Motor Co.

Nissan Partners with NASA

Nissan has set 2020 as the time frame for the introduction of autonomous drive vehicles that have the ability to navigate nearly all situations, including the most complex one, city driving.

According to the terms of the partnership, NASA will benefit from Nissan’s expertise in component technologies for autonomous vehicles and access to appropriate prototype systems and provision of test beds for robotic software.

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