The American space agency NASA has teamed up with Nissan in order to develop driverless cars. It will definitely have all the futurists get surprised in a good way. That means, Google will be having some serious competition in the field of self-driving car market.
The research project will span for 5 years and it will engage the researchers from Nissan’s Silicon Valley facility and NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California. They will team up for developing autonomous systems and prepare for commercial application of the technology, as stated by Nissan.
NASA possesses a great experience with the robotic vehicles actually making the Mars rovers. The self driving leaf electric cars will be employed as couriers and monitored from a center point. This is the same way as NASA controls its rovers using a remote command center.
Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan Motor Co. said in a statement:
“The work of NASA and Nissan – with one directed to space and the other directed to earth, is connected by similar challenges. 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.”
The intentions of the project are to prove that remote controlled ground transportations work well. For this purpose, Nissan will share the components that it manufactured for the supposedly self driving cars. The first cars will be deployed before the end of the year.
The plan for Nissan is to display the self driving cars by the end of 2020. The efforts in this process are already in motion. A self driving Leaf prototype has already been demonstrated by the company at its Nissan 360 media event that happened last year. It has claimed that the safety systems in the self driving cars will create the building blocks for full vehicular autonomy.
Nissan is also expected to launch a “traffic jam pilot system by the year 2016. It also involves the launch of “multiple lane controls” in the year 2018. These launching pads will prove to be effective in Nissan’s way to accomplish the development of these self driving cars.
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