How will the world will differ, when giants like NASA and Nissan will come ahead, join hands & do things that are highly automated & bring up new ventures in technological advancements.
The two would be working together for the next 5 years to design and develop this robotic technology which will be useful not only for earth but also for the space. Researchers from NASA and NISSAN will be working together on this project at Silicon Valley. This association brings together the best experts of NASA and Nissan.
NISSAN, who has promised to have these robotic cars in the market by 2020, is having difficulties in handling the hurdles of public roads.
NASA decided to work with NISSAN over Google on the self driven cars project. Google recently bought a NASA Ames Research Center owned air field for 60 years lease, where as NASA has plans to work with NISSAN at their Silicon Valley Research Center.
Prior to this project both NASA and NISSAN have worked together in 2005 for bringing out more comfortable, easy and safer car seats. Nissan extracted information from NASA Human Research Program which had experimental information from space on the body positions of astronauts from space on how they sit in low gravity.
Nissan has been working on this concept of self driven cars for a long time now. They have also tested the LEAF on Japanese Roads. Carlos Ghosn, CEO NISSAN thinks NASA’s capabilities in building reliable and safe spacecraft and rovers will be an invaluable to build the technology behind cars that drive themselves.
Dr Maarten Sierhuis, Director at Nissan’s Silicon Valley Research Centre, with his 12 years of expertise as senior scientist at NASA Ames Research Centre, is being considered to be the main architect of latest association. He told Wired: ‘This is a perfect blend of the capability of what the robotics folks at NASA Ames have and the autonomy that we bring.’
As a major part of this autonomous vehicle technology, there will be sensors which will sense if the will collide and accordingly invoke the breaks automatically. Self parking will also be one of the features of these cars.
Other than Nissan, Japanese Toyota Motor Corp and US automobile manufacturers General Motors Co and Ford Motor Co. are also working on building a similar technology. With this development there is a fear that due to software limitations or glitches and mechanical or technical faults in the vehicle the human drivers will have to face adversity and this might lead to fatal accidents.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology have mentioned in their report that how human drivers behave differently when they drive on the same roads as self driven cars.