When it comes to the car industry things are stepping up, Nissan has big plans for self-driving cars and there are going to be as many as 10 autonomous-capable models expected by 2020, this is including the next Leaf.
Nissan’s solution is the Seamless Autonomous Mobility system, also known as SAM, with sensors and cameras detecting an unexpected situation that’s exceeding what it’s been programmed for, it will come to a stop and request help from a remote command centre.
A mobility manager observes all of the data and images provided by the car, it then decides on the appropriate action and creates a safe path for cars to follow. After all of this, it’s released to resume self-driving, the idea is with significant incidents, autonomous systems will finally learn how to handle the unexpected by themselves.
Nissan gained their idea from NASA, where its Visual Environment for Remote Virtual Exploration, known as VERVE, software operates in a very similar way and Nissan is pushing this technology into the cars we drive. Maarten Sierhuis, Nissans Research Center director and former NASA scientist states the aim is to change “the transportation infrastructure” not in the next decade, but now.
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