Just weeks after demonstrating its advanced autonomous drive technology on public roads in Europe, Nissan today makes its debut at CeBIT, Europe’s largest digital expo, showcasing innovations set to revolutionise the future of motoring.
At the heart of its display at CeBIT, Nissan will showcase another autonomous innovation – Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM) system which was demonstrated earlier this year at CES.
Developed from NASA technology, SAM partners in-vehicle artificial intelligence with human support to help autonomous vehicles make decisions in unpredictable situations such as accidents, road construction, or other obstacles. With SAM, the autonomous vehicle becomes aware of when it should attempt to negotiate the situation by itself, and when it should seek human assistance. Knowing how to manoeuvre these situations will be key to realising a fully autonomous driving future.
Nissan’s exhibit is located in the event’s Japanese Pavilion, hosted by the Japanese External Trade Organization (JETRO). The Pavilion features over 100 companies and organisations showcasing uniquely Japanese inventions and technology.
Ponz Pandikuthira, Vice President Product Planning, Nissan Europe said: “Autonomous drive technologies are set to revolutionise the future of mobility, providing more safety, convenience and driving pleasure for everyone. These systems will guarantee a drastic reduction in road traffic accidents and that’s a key part of Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility blueprint as we strive towards a zero emissions, zero fatalities future.”
Nissan’s presence at CeBIT follows a major milestone in the company’s development of autonomous drive technology that saw Nissan stage the first European demonstration of its technology in February this year. More than 100 people, comprising media, public officials and industry stakeholders experienced first-hand the real-world testing of Nissan’s advanced autonomous drive technology on public roads in London in an all-electric Nissan LEAF, the world’s best-selling electric vehicle.
Nissan has also confirmed that phase one of its innovative ProPILOT autonomous drive technology will be made available in the new Nissan Qashqai launching in FY17 and the second-generation model of the Nissan LEAF coming soon. This technology enables single lane autonomous driving on motorways and is already available on the Nissan Serena which was launched in Japan last year.
In the coming years up until 2020, Nissan’s autonomous drive technology will offer increasing levels of autonomy, with the system eventually able to navigate city intersections. Set to make driving safer and more enjoyable, development of autonomous drive technology is part of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s blueprint for transforming how cars are driven, powered and integrated into society.
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