In what can be termed as a landmark collaboration, Nissan announced its tie-up with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the development of its autonomous mobility services at the CES 2018. In this research programme spanning five years, researchers from Nissan Research Centre in Silicon Valley and NASA’s Ames Research Centre come together with the aim of making significant progress in the field of autonomous mobility. What’s more, it will also include a working model in Silicon Valley.
The Nissan Intelligent Mobility that the company is currently working on, presents its take on the future on mobility, which comprises three categories, namely, autonomous vehicles, electrification of vehicles and finally the infrastructure technologies or “intelligent integration” as termed by Nissan. The objective of this collaboration is to further enhance the technology and test it before its large-scale implementation. As far as ‘Nissan Intelligent Integration’ is concerned, SAM has a major role to play as it provides the required infrastructure to amalgamate autonomous mobility services to the urban conditions.
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According to the director of the Nissan Research Centre in Silicon Valley, Maarten Sierhuis, the goal is to deploy SAM so that third-party organizations can safely integrate a fleet of autonomous vehicles in unpredictable urban environments, which can include ride-hailing services, public transportation or logistics and delivery services. Once the existing research agreement with NASA reaches its final stage, it will take Nissan closer to its goal.