It’s an all-star alliance!
Nissan is in the driver’s seat for a special partnership with NASA to produce an autopilot for cars. An amalgamation of NASAs remote operation vehicles technology and Nissan’s automatic control operations, i.e.: steering and braking; the space age technology will be used on future inter-planetary exploration missions and in earth-bound travels.
“The work of NASA and Nissan—with one directed to space and the other directed to earth—is connected by similar challenges,” remarked Carlos Ghosn the Nissan CEO.
The challenges in developing a fully autonomous vehicle are already being addressed by Nissan engineers at the NASA Ames Research Center in California. The project is on pace to start the testing of a self-driving car by the end of 2015, with a possible commercially available version by the end of 2018.
The Nissan and NASA partnership is an ideal situation due to the experience they each possess – NASA extensively with human-to-machine synergy and Nissan with its advanced automotive control systems. This pooling of stellar resources will potentially change the way we drive – on Mars and on earth!
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