In an effort to speed up the development of self-driving cars, Nissan teamed up with NASA to developed its "Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM)" technology.
Working with NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, engineers at Nissan's nearby technology center are demonstrating a version of the technology where a driverless vehicle pages a human operator. The camera-based ProPilot system is created to allow the company's cars to function autonomously in certain highway driving conditions.
"With SAM, the autonomous vehicle becomes smart enough to know when it should not attempt to negotiate the problem by itself", Nissan says in a statement at 2017 CES here.
Japanese carmaker Nissan revealed recently that they will bring artificial intelligence technology from NASA into their new-generation Nissan LEAF electric vehicle in "the near future". 'And it will be on roads sooner than you think.' There's another small upside, which Nissan didn't explore: some redundant delivery drivers could be retrained as mobility managers, potentially piloting tens or hundreds of vehicles at a time - instead of just one as they would today.
Seamless Autonomous Mobility, or SAM, partners in-vehicle artificial intelligence with human support to help autonomous vehicles make decisions in unpredictable situations and build the knowledge of in-vehicle AI. Nissan hopes to expand these tests to the Tokyo metro area by 2020. It will be equipped with ProPILOT technology that will be mostly be useful for single-lane highway use.
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The tests will be conducted using electric vehicles provided by Nissan and coincide with similar testing already underway in Europe, the United States, and China.
Nissan's autonomous vehicle drive has gained significant momentum at the CES show in Las Vegas.
Nissan has also given a preview of some of the next-generation Leaf's onboard technology. "What we are doing at Nissan is finding a way so that we can have this future transportation system, not in 20 years or more, but now".
He also revealed a few more info on the auto, namely that it will be equipped with the ProPILOT technology which enables the vehicle to drive quasi-autonomously on single-lane highways. In fact the keynote address showcased a rather novel exchange between a Nissan head honcho and Cortana, the Microsoft version of Siri.
Further, Ghosn has previously announce that they are into partnership with non-profit small cities as they plan to target these self-driving vehicle and thus cities must work as partners as well.