Nissan debuts Seamless Autonomous Mobility system based on NASA tech

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In the instance of an accident, for example, where police officers are directing traffic over yellow lines, or in other ways that go against an autonomous car's programming, SAM will safely pause the vehicle and request human commands. A human operator would then tap into the car's sensors and cameras, and using a detailed map of the area, plot a safe course around the hazard.

Like many auto companies, Nissan's focus at CES 2017 this year is autonomous driving technology.

The Japanese company will begin testing driverless cars in Japan and put them into commercial operation by 2020, according to Carlos Ghosn, who spoke at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Thursday.

Carmaker Nissan is set to imbibe a new technology dubbed Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM), which has been developed by NASA, in its self-driving cars.

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As these calls continue to come in, the SAM system learns how the managers react to certain situations, and eventually, it would be able to broadcast those solutions to other cars, eventually creating an autonomous path through or around a given situation. That's right, Nissan got the idea from NASA, where its Visual Environment for Remote Virtual Exploration (VERVE) software operates in a similar way.

Diving into connected cars, which combines Nissan Intelligent Driving and Nissan Intelligent Integration, Ghosn said the Renault-Nissan Alliance will continue its partnership with Microsoft to build the next generation of connected auto technologies and HMI, which features Azure, Office 365, Cortana and other intelligent cloud services provided by the software giant.

The system is still in the research phase but he said it will be "on the roads sooner than you think". "It takes ingenuity. And it's exactly what we deliver through Nissan Intelligent Mobility".

The latest advances in these parts of the NIM initiative is spearheaded by Nissan's Seamless Autonomous Mobility system, or SAM.

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He also notes the automaker is exploring successors to lithium-ion battery technology, saying Nissan is studying energy-dense zinc-air or aluminum-air battery technology, as well as solid-state Li-ions which have reduced fire risks. Ghosn also stated that the new Nissan Leaf will benefit from the autonomous tech developments.

Nissan plans and targets to have a self-autonomous vehicle soon.

Today, most automobile manufacturers are aiming to make autonomous driving technologies ubiquitous in the coming years. "How can we teach that to cars?" For Nissan, a partnership with Microsoft to use Cortana as a PA is underway.

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