Nissan Motor Corporation announced a new driver assistance technology capable of dramatically lowering the risk of a collision. This technology utilizes very accurate real-time information about the vehicle's surroundings.
At Nissan facilities, test vehicles are used to demonstrate how the technology can automatically perform collision avoidance maneuvers.
Nissan's “ground truth perception” technology combines information from LIDAR, radar and next-generation high-performance cameras. This technology can detect the shape and distance of objects, as well as the structure of the area around the vehicle, in real time with a high degree of accuracy.
By leveraging this information, the vehicle can instantly analyze the current situation, assess it and automatically perform the necessary collision avoidance operations.
The technology, which is currently under development by Nissan, can also detect slowing traffic and road obstacles in the distance and make appropriate lane changes.
Importantly, this technology can also provide enhanced support to drivers in areas where detailed map information is not available.
“We believe that the ground truth perception technology being developed will make a significant contribution to owner confidence, reducing traffic accidents and autonomous driving in the future,” said Nissan Senior Vice President of Global Research and Development Takao Asami in a company statement, quoted from EVMAGZ, Saturday (30/4).
The next generation of LIDAR, a key element, is being integrated into Nissan's systems in collaboration with Luminar, leveraging world-leading technology. In the field of advanced collision avoidance control, it is imperative to develop highly accurate verification technologies in digital environments.
For this purpose, Nissan is working with Applied Intuition, which has the most advanced simulation technology.
Under its long-term vision, Nissan Ambition 2030, Nissan seeks to develop vehicle control technologies that aim to significantly reduce accidents by leveraging next-generation LIDAR technology.
Nissan believes that in the coming era of autonomous driving, driver assistance technologies that can avoid highly complex accidents will be essential. Nissan targets the development of this ground truth perception technology to be completed in the mid-2020s.
It will first be available on select new models of Nissan vehicles, and on nearly every new model in fiscal year 2030.