Nissan targets zero-fatality, zero-emission motoring

Nissan has announced plans to deliver zero-fatality, zero-emissions technologies in their models at the CES 2017 show, with five new announcements made by Nissan-Renault Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn.

To reduce the time taken to bring autonomous vehicles to market, Nissan has launched a new technology called SAM (Seamless Autonomous Mobility). Developed from a NASA technology, SAM works with an in-vehicle artificial intelligence system with human support, to let the vehicles make decisions in unpredictable situations.

This will accelerate the development of autonomous driving systems and potentially enable millions of driverless cars to share roads with human drivers much sooner than current predictions.

Nissan has also announced that a new Leaf is due 'in the near future' - expect a new model to be launched at the Geneva Motor Show in the next few months - and the next generation EV will feature ProPILOT technology. This will allow single-lane autonomous driving, and builds on the Nissan Intelligent Driving roll-out.

Nissan Leaf SAM

The Renault-Nissan Alliance is also working with Microsoft to develop the next generation of connected car technologies. The latest developments will see Nissan models use Microsoft's Cortana personal assistant technology, to make driving easier and more efficient.

Another partnership sees Nissan developing autonomous driving strategies with Japanese internet firm DeNA. This will see tests begin to develop driverless vehicles for commercial services. The first phase of testing begins later this year in designated areas of Japan, and by 2020, the two companies plan to extend tests to include the Tokyo area.

Finally, Nissan will partner with 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) - a project set-up by The Rockefeller Foundation. This is a non-profit project to help cities develop plans to incorporate autonomous driving, electric vehicles, and mobility services easily. Nissan is the 100RC's first automotive platform partner.

Ghosn said: "At Nissan, from the beginning, we work to bring the right technologies for the full spectrum of our vehicles and the most amount of people. This takes more than innovation. It takes ingenuity. And it's exactly what we deliver through Nissan Intelligent Mobility.

"We invite others to join us, as well, from tech partners to e-commerce companies, ride-hailing and car-sharing platforms, and social entrepreneurs who can help us to test and develop new vehicles and services, and make sure everyone has access to the latest technologies and services that bring value to their lives."

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Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:6th Jan 2017

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