1/13/2015

Nissan Teams with NASA on Technology for Self-Driving Cars

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Nissan Motor Co. and NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., are launching a five-year partnership to develop technologies that enable autonomous vehicles.

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Nissan Motor Co. and NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., are launching a five-year partnership to develop technologies that enable autonomous vehicles.

NASA researchers at Ames will work with Nissan's Silicon Valley Research Center in Sunnyvale, Calif. The partners expect to focus on self-driving systems, human-machine interface products, software and network-enabled applications.

By the end of this year Nissan and NASA plan to begin testing a variety of zero-emission self-driving vehicles at Ames. Their aim is to show proof-of-concept for the technology to control vehicles that transport goods and materials as well as those that move people.

The partners note parallels between self-driving cars that can maneuver through unpredictable city traffic and planetary rovers that will require more autonomy as they are sent to more distant worlds.