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Nissan, Nasa Team Up For Self-Driving Car Tech

A Nissan Vehicle at a NASA facility.

Nissan is working with the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration to develop an autonomous vehicle.

Credit: PC Magazine

Nissan and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have announced a five-year research and development partnership that aims to produce an autonomous vehicle.

The researchers will focus on autonomous drive systems, human-machine interface solutions, network-enabled applications, and software analysis and verification.

"The partnership will accelerate Nissan's development of safe, secure, and reliable autonomous drive technology that we will progressively introduce to consumers beginning in 2016 up to 2020," says Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn.

By 2020, Nissan hopes to introduce self-driving cars that can navigate in nearly all situations. NASA will benefit from Nissan's expertise in component technologies and research on the development of vehicular transport applications.

"All of our potential topics of research collaboration with Nissan are areas in which Ames has strongly contributed to major NASA programs," says Ames Research Center director S. Pete Worden. He notes Ames developed the Mars rover's planning software and helped put robots onboard the International Space Station. "We look forward to applying knowledge developed during this partnership toward future space and aeronautics endeavors," Worden says.

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