Japanese auto giant Nissan is in development of a new driver-assistance technology that uses real-time information about the vehicle’s surrounding environment to enhance collision avoidance.
Nissan is testing a vehicle to demonstrate how the technology can automatically perform collision-avoidance maneuvers.
The perception technology fuses information from lidar, radar and cameras to detect the shape and distance of objects as well as the structure of the area surrounding the vehicle. This happens in real time with a high degree of accuracy, Nissan said.
From this information, the vehicle can analyze the current situation, judge and automatically perform required collision-avoidance operations. The technology can also detect slowed traffic and road obstacles in the distance and execute land changes as needed. Finally, the technology can support drivers in areas where detailed map information is not available.
“When we look at the future of autonomous driving, we believe that it is of utmost importance for owners to feel highly confident in the safety of their vehicle,” said Takao Asami, senior vice president of global research and development at Nissan. “We are confident that our in-development ground truth perception technology will make a significant contribution to owner confidence, reduced traffic accidents and autonomous driving in the future.”
Nissan is collaborating with companies to research and develop the advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) technology including Luminar that Nissan is using its lidar for the advanced collision avoidance control. Nissan called lidar a crucial element to this advanced safety technology as well as simulation for testing. Nissan is working together with Applied Intuition for this technology.
Under the Nissan Ambition 2030, the company is working to develop vehicle control technology that will significantly reduce accidents by using lidar technology. For autonomous driving, driver-assistance technology that helps passengers avoid complex accidents is the most important aspect.
Because of this, Nissan aims to complete the development of its perception technology by the mid-2020s and will be first available on select new models by fiscal year 2030.