Nissan and NASA using SPACE technology for autonomous vehicle fleets

Nissan Seamless Autonomous Mobility Platform

Nissan Seamless Autonomous Mobility Platform

Nissan has extended a prior agreement with NASA to collaborate on technology for managing fleets of driverless vehicles, the automaker announced today.

A year after the link broke cover at last year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, unveiling Nissan Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM) based on NASA tecnology, the two organisations have a five-year research and development partnership. This new phase of the relationship will build off that early success.

The collaboration between NASA and Nissan has been extended as the auto maker works to develop technology to manage fleets of autonomous vehicles, following the development of Nissan Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM). "Our goal 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". Dubbed "Nissan Seamless Autonomous Mobility", or SAM for short, the platform combines artificial intelligence inside the vehicle with remote human support to help driverless cars navigate hard situations on the road.

Nissan and NASA to extend autonomous driving development

NASA Ames centre director Eugene Tu says one strategic NASA goal is to transfer the technology developed to advance NASA mission and program objectives to broader commercial and social applications. The initiative consists of three interrelated workstreams including autonomous drive, electrification, and infrastructure technology. They will continue to test the SAM platform before demonstrating a revised version on public streets.

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