Nissan Ambition – Safety assistance packages and ultimately autonomous driving, requires a vehicle to identify its surroundings.
But generally recognising the existence of an obstruction may not be enough to access, analyse and take all necessary action. Some systems are assisted by detailed mapping information.
Nissan says that it has develop “ground truth perception” technology that fuses information from next-generation high-performance LIDAR, radar and cameras. The technology can detect the shape and distance of objects, as well as the structure of the area surrounding the vehicle, in real time, with a high degree of accuracy.
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Utilizing this information, it is possible, they say, for the vehicle to instantly analyse the current situation, then judge and automatically perform required collision-avoidance operations.
This technology can also detect slowed traffic and road obstacles in the distance and execute lane changes accordingly.
Importantly, the technology can also provide increased support to drivers in areas where detailed map information is not available.
Nissan has partnered with cutting-edge companies to research and develop this technology and share know-how. The next-generation LIDAR, a crucial element, is being integrated into Nissan’s system in collaboration with Luminar1, utilizing world-leading technologies. In the area of advanced collision avoidance control it is critical to develop highly accurate verification technology in a digital environment. To this end Nissan is teaming up with Applied Intuition2, which has state-of-the-art simulation technology.
Under its long-term vision, Nissan Ambition 2030, Nissan is working to develop vehicle control technology aimed to significantly reduce accidents by utilizing next-generation LIDAR technology. Nissan believes that in the upcoming era of autonomous driving, driver-assistance technology that can avoid highly complex accidents will be essential. Nissan aims to complete the development of its ground truth perception technology by the mid-2020s. It will first be available on select new models, and on virtually every new model by fiscal year 2030.
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