During CES 2018, the U.S.-based subsidiary of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. announced an agreement with NASA Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley to collaborate on research and technology development for future autonomous mobility services, including a working demonstration in Silicon Valley. The key focus of this announcement is managing autonomous transportation services, ahead of public implementations. This is an update to the existing research collaboration between Nissan and NASA to define a new scope of activities into 2019.
Under the terms of the five-year research and development partnership, researchers from the Nissan Research Center in Silicon Valley and NASA Ames have been working together to advance autonomous vehicle systems. It was at CES 2017 that Nissan introduced Nissan Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM), a new platform for managing fleets of autonomous vehicles, developed from NASA technology. This new phase in the joint collaboration will build on that success to further develop the technology and test the use of SAM for managing autonomous transportation services, ahead of public implementations.
The research collaboration with NASA is part of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, Nissan’s roadmap for the technology and business evolution of the automotive industry. This roadmap consists of three workstreams of inter-related innovations in autonomous drive (Intelligent Drive), electrification (Intelligent Power) and infrastructure technologies (Intelligent Integration). SAM represents a major milestone in Nissan Intelligent Integration, providing the infrastructure to safely and seamlessly integrate autonomous mobility services into existing urban environments.
Nissan built SAM from technology NASA developed for managing interplanetary rovers as they move around unpredictable landscapes. The end goal of the project is to deploy SAM to help third-party organizations safely integrate a fleet of autonomous vehicles in unpredictable urban environments, for example ride-hailing services, public transportation or logistics and delivery services.