When Nissan's Tetsuya Iijima (pronounced EE-ee-JEE-mah) envisions the future of driving, he's not only thinking about how autonomous driving will impact the "behind-the-wheel" experience but how to help society prepare for it.
Nissan today announced it will make its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES®) 2017 held in Las Vegas. Nissan chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn will deliver a keynote on January 5, 2017 at Westgate Theater.
ProPILOT is Nissan Motor Co.'s single-lane autonomous driving technology. Once activated, ProPILOT can automatically control the distance between the vehicle and the preceding vehicle using a speed preset by the driver (between approximately 30 km/h and 100 km/h); it also keeps the vehicle centered in its lane.
Designing the autonomous vehicle of the future requires an array of the best technical talent available: automobile and software engineers, experts on sensor technology and artificial intelligence, computer scientists, production specialists and many others.
Nissan is conducting a series of real-world experiments and trials to bring future mobility scenarios to life through several "Living Labs" underway at Nissan Future Lab. The "Living Lab" research provides user data to help Nissan anticipate and evolve to meet future transportation needs.
Nissan Future Lab was established in 2014 as an extension of Nissan's global advanced planning group and looks decades ahead to identify potential issues and opportunities for the business today and into the future. Nissan Future Lab looks beyond products and examines the future of mobility in a wider sense. The group is inspired by rapid developments in automotive technology such as electric, autonomous and connected vehicles and trends like ride sharing.
Space was not the final frontier for computer scientist Maarten Sierhuis. The former NASA researcher, who once designed human-robot interactions and developed collaborative intelligent systems for space exploration, now focuses his efforts a bit closer to home: the artificial intelligence that's helping power the future of Nissan's autonomous vehicles.