Japanese carmaker Nissan revealed recently that they will bring artificial intelligence technology from NASA into their new-generation Nissan LEAF electric vehicle in “the near future.”
The Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM) is derived from NASA’s research into artificial intelligence and autonomous technologies.
Essentially, it decides whether or not human intervention is required in a particular situation. But, rather than asking the passengers, it is programmed to send all its camera, RADAR and LIDAR data to a “mobility manager” who sits offsite somewhere, who can then send instructions to the car.
For the car’s passengers, it’s a seamless experience, hence the name SAM.
As such, it will complement Nissan’s camera-based ProPilot autonomous driving technology that will soon be on the next gen Nissan LEAF electric car models.
The “smart” part of this is that the new Nissan LEAFs will constantly learn from new road situations, eventually reducing the need for human intervention. It is based on NASA’s VERVE (Visual Environment for Remote Exploration) software used by interplanetary robots for navigation.
Nissan is of the opinion that SAM will help not only individual car owners, but eventually reach across to mass transit systems. With such capabilities, an entire city’s bus services can be run on SAM, not to mention all other forms of public transportation.
It’s a grand vision, but Nissan is implementing it one step at a time, the first step being to bring the tech into their own line-up of forward-looking automobiles like the LEAF.
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