Nissan Launches Silicon Valley Research Center for Autonomous, Connected Vehicles
February 19, 2013 8:30 AM
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It also wants to research Human Machine Interface for both technologies
Nissan has opened a new research center in Silicon Valley, where the automaker plans to focus on autonomous and connected vehicles.
The new facility is called the Nissan Research Center Silicon Valley (NRC-SV), and it will use partnerships with educational institutions and companies to work on projects for new vehicle technologies.
The initial projects in NRC-SV will be research of autonomous vehicles, research of connected vehicles that can use the Internet and infrastructure to communicate with the outside world, and research of Human Machine Interface to make both autonomous and connected vehicles more efficient.
“As we continue to expand our R&D capabilities throughout the world, we aggressively pursue our activities to create new values of mobility, by harnessing the latest information and communication technologies here in our new research center in Silicon Valley," said Nissan Executive Vice President supervising Research and Development Mitsuhiko Yamashita.
There were hints of Nissan's autonomous future back in October 2012, when the automaker announced that it would
use steer-by-wire technology
for future Infiniti models.
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Next Evolution in Car Technology
2/19/2013 11:29:41 PM
This makes sense, I've figured the automotive industry would try to go in this direction to reduce accidents, traffic/congestion, and overall provide a better quality of life for commuters in bigger cities.
I think we'll see a fully automated network of autonomously controlled vehicles sometime in my lifetime, but it will take a long time before it's fully enforced and required, as the infrastructure and burden on society to bear the costs will be greatly resisted.
But the technology is out there, just a matter of time before it filters down. Would be great though to be able to read, or sleep while commuting in to work and the automated network aspect of such a system would greatly reduce traffic, congestion and accidents.
RE: Next Evolution in Car Technology
2/20/2013 12:50:07 AM
Behold the FUTURE
RE: Next Evolution in Car Technology
2/20/2013 1:58:10 AM
Won't happen because:
People would be giving up far too many freedoms. They'd no longer be able to buzz down empty roads doing 130--because they can. Cops would be able to stop anyone with the press of a button. Traffic density wouldn't be improved much. Cost is overpowering.
Might happen because:
It means you can be shitfaced drunk at 3:30am and you can drive home safely.
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