Nissan and NASA extend research into autonomous mobility services
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Nissan North America, Inc. and NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley are collaborating on research and technology development for future autonomous mobility services, including a working demonstration in Silicon Valley. The five-year research and development partnership will see researchers working together to develop the technology and test the use of Nissan Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM), a new platform for managing fleets of autonomous vehicles.
Developed from NASA technology for managing interplanetary rovers as they move around unpredictable landscapes, the goal is to deploy SAM to help third-party organizations safely integrate a fleet of autonomous vehicles in unpredictable urban environments. Examples include ride-hailing services, public transportation, and logistics and delivery services.
The final stage of the research agreement will bring the partners closer to the goal and test SAM in a working demonstration on public streets. One of NASA’s strategic goals is to transfer the technology developed to advance its mission and program objectives to broader commercial and social applications. Using NASA’s work in robotics to accelerate the deployment of autonomous mobility services is an example of how the work required to advance space exploration can also pioneer Earth-based advances.
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