We all know self driving cars are on the horizon. With billions of dollars being invested along with some of the worlds leading minds working on the project you can’t deny the inevitability of self driving cars.
But one designed by Nasa?
NISSAN has announced a partnership with United States government agency NASA to bring its vision of releasing a fully automated city-capable car closer to fruition, with hopes the car will be on the market by 2020.
The five-year partnership will see researchers from both Nissan’s Silicon Valley Research Centre and NASA’s Ames Research Centre concentrating on refining existing and emerging technologies such as autonomous drive systems, human-machine interface solutions, network-enabled applications and software analysis and verification, both on a hardware and software level for use on roads and in space.
The result will be a prototype autonomous vehicle with both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure capable communications and advanced crash avoidance with driver warning technologies.
We know what Nissan is bringing to the table but why is Nasa involved?
Well the reason is because Nasa sees the benefits of having Autonomous vehicles involved in future space missions and is hoping to reap the benefits of working together with Nissan.
They expect to leverage Nissan’s existing knowledge on autonomous vehicles for use in its future space programs, with tests on unmanned vehicles operating similarly to the way it conducts its planetary rover missions.