In what could be an exciting news in the arena of autonomous driving, Nissan is reportedly working with international space agency NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration to develop a Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM),
SAM is a driverless system which is monitored and augmented by Human operators who would help the vehicle interpret traffic, weather and other conditions in real time.
Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist technology reduces the hassle of stop-and-go driving by helping control acceleration, braking and steering during single-lane highway driving.
The Japanese manufacturer is working on a technology which would allow the autonomous system to constantly monitor the driving. Adding a human element into the system, an operator will remotely send information regarding alternate routes and unexpected road conditions in advance.
For an efficient connection between the operator and the car and to transmit huge amounts of video and sensor data, Nissan would use robotic technology, communication systems and visualization software that is used by NASA in order to communicate with its Mars Rovers.
The Japanese manufacturer is working on a technology which would allow the autonomous system to constantly monitor the driving.
“You have to put a lot of data into a small pipe,” said the director of Nissan Research Center in Sunnyvale Maarten Sierhuis “You have to put a lot of data into a small pipe” and NASA is good at that,” he added.
Apart from that Nissan is also likely to adopt the technology and workflows used by air traffic controllers to manage numerous flights in order to help the operators to monitor a large number of autonomous vehicles with ease. Additionally, the human operators would also provide customer services to any passengers in need.
“The goal is to have the operator be able to manage as many vehicles as possible,” Sierhuis said. “It’s a scalable situation.”