NASA and Nissan teams up to develop self-driving cars
We have already seen auto giants like Google and BMW making significant progress in developing self-driving cars of the future. Recently, Mercedes Benz also introduced its Mercedes F 015 self-driving car at the 2015 Consumers Electronics Show which concluded last week in Las Vegas. Now, America’s space agency NASA and Japanese automaker Nissan have also jumped into the field of autonomous vehicles. NASA’s Ames Research Center and Nissan North America have joined hands together to sign a Reimbursable Umbrella Space Act Agreement. The global giants announced a five-year cooperative research and development program for developing algorithms, concepts and integrated prototypes for self-driving cars.
Both sharing extensive expertise and interest in autonomous vehicles, NASA’s Ames Research Center will assist Nissan in reimbursed design, development, testing and assessment of Nissan’s autonomous vehicles. In addition, Amex will also offer limited use of its campus for testing purpose. And in return, Nissan will be sharing its knowledge in innovative component technologies for autonomous vehicles and shared research to inform development of vehicular transport applications with NASA. Thus, this sharing of expertise by both NASA and Nissan will help in major development of the self-driving cars.
The testing phase of the first batch of Nissan’s self-driving cars is expected to start by the end of 2015 at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. Nissan is looking to introduce the autonomous navigation in the consumers market by 2020.