New Delhi:Japanese automotive manufacturer Nissan announced a new driver-assistance technology, which is currently in development, that utilizes highly accurate, real-time information about the vehicle’s surrounding environment to enhance collision avoidance.
At a Nissan facility in Japan, a test vehicle was used to demonstrate how this technology can automatically perform collision-avoidance manoeuvres, the company said.
According to the company, Nissan’s “ground truth perception” technology 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. Utilizing this information, it is possible for the vehicle to instantly analyze the current situation, 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, it added.
Takao Asami, Senior Vice President, Global Research and Development, said, “Nissan has been the first to market a number of advanced driver technologies. When we look at the future of autonomous driving, we believe that it is of utmost importance to owners to feel highly confident in the safety of their vehicles. 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.”
The next-generation LIDAR is being integrated into Nissan’s system in collaboration with Luminar whereas, Nissan is teaming up with Applied Intuition in the area of advanced collision avoidance control, the automaker said.
Under its long-term vision, Nissan Ambition 2030, the automaker is working to develop vehicle control technology aimed at reducing accidents by utilizing next-generation LIDAR technology. According to the automaker, it 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 the fiscal year 2030.