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Nissan joins resilient city movement

Carlos Ghosn also made a number of announcements at last week’s CES as part of  Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility blueprint

Nissan's Seamless Autonomous Mobility or 'SAM' being demonstrated
Nissan's Seamless Autonomous Mobility or 'SAM' being demonstrated

Mobility is being advanced towards a zero-emission, zero fatality future

Seamless Autonomous Mobility partners artificial intelligence with human support

Testing for driverless vehicles for commercial services will begin this year

Nissan has become the first automotive platform partner in the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) programme, the pioneering initiative from the Rockefeller Foundation which aims to help cities build resilience to physical, social, and economic challenges.


Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn announced the partnership at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Nissan’s participation aims to help cities lay the groundwork for autonomous drive, electric vehicles, and new mobility services and to support the policy environment and planning needed to integrate these technologies.


More than 50 per cent of cities in the 100RC network have identified transportation and sustainability as key issues in their resilience strategies. As a first step, Nissan and 100RC will convene mayors and chief resilience officers from cities throughout the network for two-day workshops to discuss the issues cities face in planning for future mobility technologies and services. It will develop a report on initial findings and opportunities, which will be available to all cities in the network.


Ghosn also made a number of other announcements at CES as part of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility blueprint for transforming how cars are driven, powered, and integrated into wider society. These technologies aim to advance mobility toward a zero-emission, zero-fatality future on the roads.


“At Nissan, from the beginning, we work to bring the right technologies for the full spectrum of our vehicles and the most amount of people,” said Ghosn. “This takes more than innovation. It takes ingenuity. And it’s exactly what we deliver through Nissan Intelligent Mobility.”


He added: “We invite others to join us, as well, from tech partners to e-commerce companies, ride-hailing and car-sharing platforms, and social entrepreneurs who can help us to test and develop new vehicles and services, and make sure everyone has access to the latest technologies and services that bring value to their lives.”


Nissan announced a breakthrough technology called Seamless Autonomous Mobility, or SAM to accelerate the time it takes autonomous vehicles to get on the road safely.


Developed from NASA technology, SAM partners in-vehicle artificial intelligence (AI) with human support to help autonomous vehicles make decisions in unpredictable situations and build the knowledge of in-vehicle AI. This technology could potentially enable millions of driverless cars to co-exist with human drivers in an accelerated timeline. It is part of Nissan Intelligent Integration.


Taking the carmaker’s autonomous drive strategy another step further, Ghosn also announced that leading a Renault-Nissan Alliance engagement, Nissan and Japanese internet company DeNA will begin tests aimed at developing driverless vehicles for commercial services. The first phase of testing will begin this year in designated zones in Japan, with a focus on technology development.


By 2020, Nissan and DeNA plan to expand the scope of their tests to include the commercial usage of driverless technology for mobility services in the Tokyo metropolitan area.


The Renault-Nissan Alliance is continuing its partnership with Microsoft to build the next generation of connected car technologies. The keynote included a demonstration of how Microsoft’s personal assistant technology Cortana can make driving more efficient and seamless. Cortana is one of the technologies that the Alliance and Microsoft are exploring together.


In addition to advancements in Nissan’s autonomous driving strategy, Ghosn also announced plans to launch a new Nissan LEAF, with ProPILOT technology, enabling autonomous drive functionality for single-lane highway driving.


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