US space agency NASA and Japanese automaker Nissan on 9 January 2015 announced formation of a five-year research and development partnership.
Under this contract the two organisations will jointly develop and deploy advance autonomous vehicle systems and prepare them for commercial application. First such vehicle will be tested by end of 2015.
The partnership will accelerate Nissan's development of safe, secure and reliable autonomous drive technology that it will progressively introduce to consumers beginning in 2016 up to 2020
Focus of the partnership
Researchers from Nissan's US Silicon Valley Research Center and NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field will focus on sophisticated hardware and software used in road and space applications. These involve
• Autonomous drive systems
• Human-machine interface solutions
• Network-enabled applications
• Software analysis and verification
Besides, they will also test a fleet of zero-emission autonomous vehicles at Ames to demonstrate proof-of-concept remote operation of autonomous vehicles for the transport of materials, goods, payloads and people.
About Nissan Motor Company
Nissan Motor is second-largest automotive company of Japan with its headquarters in Yokohama, Japan. It is a part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Nissan in 2010, introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility.
The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history with almost 50 percent share of the zero-emission vehicle segment.
Who: Nissan and NASA
When: 9 January 2015