The Japanese automaker, Nissan, seems to have made the most of its time during this year’s CES as it presented some new and interesting products, including its SAM future system.
Nissan Motor Company Ltd. is a Yokohama, Japan-based company. The multinational is specialized in manufacturing machines. It is considered amongst, if not the largest, electric vehicle producer in the world.
Back in 2013, the automaker revealed its plans of developing driverless cars. As it set its target for 2020, the manufacturer released the latest details during CES 2017.
On Thursday, December 05, Carlos Ghosn, held a keynote presentation. He is the Nissan CEO and chairman of the board.
During the CES presentation, he offered details about five future company core technologies. These are the SAM, driverless commercial vehicles, and next-generation Nissan Leaf cars.
Another is the Microsoft connected car tech project. The last but not least is the 100 Resilient Cities partnership. These are all part of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility blueprint.
One of the most interesting future projects taking place now is SAM. This is the company’s Seamless Autonomous Mobility. It is meant as a solution to unpredictable events. Accidents, road blocks, or derivations are such cases. These are believed to be potential problems for future autonomous cars.
SAM was designed so as to address such issues. It will reportedly help self-driving technologies react. More exactly, it will help them determine when not to act. SAM will point out situations when the self-driving system should turn to its human counterpart.
In such cases, it will reportedly request and act based on human commands. However, the said human does not necessarily have to be there. A “mobility manager” will be able to take such decisions.
This latter can be connected via Internet. Mobility managers could be stand-by operators. As they will assess the situation, they could offer a solution. As the case is resolved, the self-driving car will regain control. The said operators would return control to the vehicle’s system.
The cars’ computer will also be updated. As such, other driverless cars, following in the back, will be readily informed. These could follow the same route. Still, they would also know what to avoid or how to do so.
SAM is based on NASA technology. Nissan was inspired by their VERVE software. VERVE is the Visual Environment for Remote Virtual Exploration.
Such a software is used when dealing with interplanetary robots. It can help visualize and supervise them.
Maarten Sierhuis went to offer details. He is a former NASA scientist. Nowadays, Sierhuis is the Silicon Valley Nissan Research Center Director.
According to him, Nissan has quite a daring plan. It has set out to make changes in the transportation infrastructure. More exactly, the manufacturer wants to help reduce fatalities. It will also target to try and ease traffic and its congestions. According to Sierhuis, they are trying to bring the future transportation future to the present.
SAM could potentially be an important part of such a system. Market specialists predict a growing number of self-driving cars. This could also be joined or even be replaced by autonomous vehicles.
As such, SAM could come to ensure a new safety standard. It could help in the decision making and real-life case-specific reactions of such vehicles.
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