Nissan and NASA are extending their collaboration to develop technology to manage fleets of autonomous vehicles using artificial intelligence from Space projects.
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. A year ago at CES, Nissan introduced their Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM) platform for managing autonomous fleets which was developed from NASA technology.
It's part of a the Nissan Intelligent Mobility Project, a project with three workstreams - Intelligent Drive, Intelligent Power and Intelligent Integration - with SAM a major milestone in Intelligent Integration to seamlessly integrate autonomous vehicles in to urban environments.
"We built SAM from technology NASA developed for managing interplanetary rovers as they move around unpredictable landscapes", said Maarten Sierhuis, director of the Nissan Research Center in Silicon Valley, in a statement.
Under the updated agreement, the companies will work together in new ways into 2019.
"The final stage of our existing research agreement with NASA will bring us closer to that goal and test SAM in a working demonstration on public streets".
The auto firm says the tie-up will see it collaborate with the NASA Ames Research Center in California on research and technology development.
One of NASA's strategic goals is to transfer the technology developed to advance NASA mission and program objectives to broader commercial and social applications.