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Nissan Goes 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Maker lends autonomous vehicle technology to ocean research.

by on Apr.10, 2015

Nissan is using some of its autonomous vehicle technology to help with sea-floor exploration.

As automakers move toward production of autonomous vehicles, many wonder about the pros and cons of this kind of technology. Many have visions of simply getting behind the wheel and order their car to take them to work.

However, Nissan’s iteration of a self-driving vehicle may lead some riders on a trip they may not have expected until recently: the bottom of the sea. While there are many concerns about what happens when an autonomous vehicle “runs wild,” a Jacques Cousteau-like experience isn’t really on the list.

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In short, forget about the think making you car sick, it’s sea sickness that should be a concern! Nissan is using part of its self-driving technology to help explore the depths of the ocean. (more…)

Nissan Unveils Trio of High-Tech Safety Systems

Technology designed to “predict” and “suppress” collisions.

by on Oct.14, 2011

Nissan reveals an advanced system that can warn of a collision a driver can't even see yet.

Nissan has unveiled a trio of new high-tech safety systems that are designed to help prevent collisions or, where that’s not possible, reduce the chance of injuries and fatalities.

The maker’s move is part of a general trend in the market that has been led as much by the industry as by government regulators and reflects the growing consumer demand for safer vehicles.

While basic improvements in vehicle design have helped improve automotive safety many of the latest advances rely on onboard digital technologies that can monitor the area around a vehicle and, if necessary, respond even faster than a human driver.

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That, in fact, is the key to Nissan’s new Acceleration Suppression for Pedal Misapplication technology, which can prevent a driver from inadvertently stepping on the throttle when that might lead to an accident.  The system relies on the multi-camera system now used by the maker’s Around View Monitor, which provides a seemingly birds-eye image of the terrain immediately surrounding the vehicle.