Archive for January 2015

Nissan Teams Up with NASA to Develop New Autonomous Vehicles

NASA and Nissan PartnerAiming to bring innovation to the automotive industry, Nissan is partnering with NASA to work towards developing autonomous vehicles, with the goal of testing them by the end of 2015. Your car still won’t be able to fly like a spaceship, but you might not have to worry about controlling the steering wheel when Nissan and NASA’s plans for self-driving cars come to life.

“The work of NASA and Nissan — with one directed to space and the other directed to earth, is connected by similar challenges,” said Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan Motor Co, in a press release. “The partnership will accelerate Nissan’s development of safe, secure and reliable autonomous drive technology that we will progressively introduce to consumers beginning in 2016 up to 2020.”

A new era of driving seems to be on its way and Nissan plans on ushering it in with open arms. The automaker will work closely with NASA’s Ames Research Center in California to research technology for developing autonomous driving systems, human-machine interface solutions and network-enabled applications.  The advanced software developed will be used for both land and space projects in the future.

The goal is to bring to life a fleet of zero-emission autonomous vehicles to begin testing at NASA’s research facilities by the end of 2015. By 2020, Nissan and NASA hope to have autonomous driving in full swing, and for driverless vehicles to operate in nearly every situation imaginable, from city streets to country roads across the nation.

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Volkswagen Unveils Plans for Innovative New Technology

VW Trained ParkingWith advancements in modern technology, things we could have only imagined growing up are slowly becoming a reality, much quicker than we thought possible. Focusing on four key areas of possible innovation, Volkswagen lit up the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas by displaying its vision for the future.

“The two inventions of the century, the car and the computer, are gradually coming closer together. We need to design future mobility to be even more intelligent and even more networked,” said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen AG.

Volkswagen is preparing for a new age of technology in its vehicles by looking more into computer-controlled drive systems, app and smartphone integration, intuitive operation and autonomous and semi-autonomous driving. With advanced features like gesture control and trained parking in the works, cars as you know them may never be the same again.

Electric and hybrid models, which are heavily dependent on their computer systems inside, could see a drastic change thanks to VW’s plans. With computer-controlled systems, these vehicles will be able to automatically dock to inductive charging stations while using exterior lights to display the battery’s state of charge. Another big change will come later this year for VW drivers, as the automaker is rolling out MirrorLink, a new infotainment system that will integrate your smartphone more seamlessly than ever before.

You may also be able to control your infotainment system without ever placing a finger on the screen in the near future. With Volkswagen’s gesture control technology, cameras will detect not only the motions you are making with your hands, but also assign a meaning to them so you have more control over your ride. Additionally, VW is taking park assist technology to the next level. The latest innovation, Trained Parking, will use a camera to scan ahead to a parking space and then use computer control to take over semi-automatically, ensuring you park perfectly every time.

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