Nissan integrates ProPilot autonomous tech in Leaf electric vehicle

Nissan has launched the new version of Leaf, which the company claims is “world’s most advanced mass-market electric vehicle”. 

The new Nissan Leaf is the company’s first car in Europe that will embrace the early steps of advanced driver assistance, and is packed with cutting-edge innovations such as e-Pedal, allowing humans to drive and brake in “a totally new and seamless way”.

Nissan says the new vehicle can also go further, with a range of 378 km on a single charge, and has been redesigned for a new generation, with a sleeker look inside and out.  Continue reading Nissan integrates ProPilot autonomous tech in Leaf electric vehicle

Redesigned Nissan X-Trail features Hitachi advanced driver assistance system

Hitachi Automotive Systems is providing its Advanced Driver Assistance System Electronic Control Unit (ADAS ECU) in Nissan’s redesigned X-Trail vehicle. 

ADAS ECUs are one of the core products of ADAS, and feature various integrated ADAS features such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), collision mitigation braking, and lane departure warning systems, all within a single controller.

Hitachi Automotive Systems has established a mass production track record for ADAS ECUs since its first installation in the 2009 Nissan Fuga.  Continue reading Redesigned Nissan X-Trail features Hitachi advanced driver assistance system

Universal Robots partners with Nissan to increase manufacturing productivity through collaborative robots

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Universal Robots says Nissan has simplified processes, reduced relief worker costs and stabilised production output through deployment of the company’s UR10 cobots

Universal Robots says the Nissan Motor Company has successfully deployed Universal Robots’ UR10 robot arms at its Yokohama factory. 

The automaker joins other global automotive manufacturers including BMW and Volkswagen who are using Universal Robots’ collaborative robots (cobots) to automate their processes.

Universal Robots says that through the deployment of its cobots, Nissan has enhanced its production processes, resulting in a higher level of output and stability as well as time and cost efficiencies. Nissan’s ageing workforce also enjoy a reduced workload, and were redeployed to less strenuous tasks.  Continue reading Universal Robots partners with Nissan to increase manufacturing productivity through collaborative robots

Nissan autonomous tech boss reveals philosophy behind automaker’s approach

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Nissan says it is taking “a step-by-step approach in introducing autonomous driving technologies to market”. 

The company has been relatively quiet of late on its developments but is now revealing more about its philosophy.

Nissan says that to see the autonomous driving fully integrate into daily life, solving the many technological challenges as well as societal acceptance are key.  Continue reading Nissan autonomous tech boss reveals philosophy behind automaker’s approach

Nissan using alien technology from Mars inside autonomous car system

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Alien technology scientist Maarten Sierhuis developed the ProPilot autonomous car system for Nissan

From Nasa mission control to the driver’s seat: an interview with the alien technology developer shaping the future of autonomous driving for Nissan 

Space was not the final frontier for computer scientist Maarten Sierhuis.

The former Nasa scientist, who once designed human-robot interactions and developed collaborative intelligent systems for space exploration, now focuses his efforts a bit closer to home: the artificial intelligence that’s helping power the future of Nissan’s autonomous vehicles.

But the passion that carried the robotics and artificial intelligence expert to the apogee of the US space program hasn’t cooled with his move to an earthly job as director of the Nissan Research Center (NRC) in California’s Silicon Valley.  Continue reading Nissan using alien technology from Mars inside autonomous car system

Nissan to launch ‘revolutionary’ new Serena autonomous car

The Nissan Serena, with ProPilot autonomous technology
The Nissan Serena, with ProPilot autonomous technology

Nissan is to introduce its new Serena autonomous car to the Japanese market

Nissan says the new Serena, scheduled to go on sale in Japan in late August, will come equipped with the company’s ProPilot autonomous drive technology. 

Nissan says ProPilot is a “revolutionary” autonomous drive technology designed for highway use in single-lane traffic.

Nissan claims to be the first Japanese automaker to introduce a combination of steering, accelerator and braking that can be operated in full automatic mode, easing driver workload in heavy highway traffic and long commutes.  Continue reading Nissan to launch ‘revolutionary’ new Serena autonomous car

Some people say they won’t buy a car unless it’s compatible with their smartphones – and Nissan is taking them seriously

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Patrick Keenan, Nissan engineer and smartphone fanatic

Nissan has taken to heart research suggesting that people can love everything about a car, but won’t buy it if it doesn’t pair with their smartphone

Just how much our smartphones rule our lives has been revealed, if a report by McKinsey is anything to go by.

The management consulting company did a survey which found that car buyers admit they can like everything about a new model – the styling, price, fuel economy and how it drives – yet will still walk out of the showroom because it won’t connect properly with their beloved mobile phone.

Now, Nissan is using the study to understand the importance of developing infotainment systems in crossovers such as the Qashqai, Juke and X-Trail.  Continue reading Some people say they won’t buy a car unless it’s compatible with their smartphones – and Nissan is taking them seriously

Japan leader promotes robot revolution at G7 Summit

Local automakers take G7 Summit opportunity to show off new autonomous car technology 

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe claims autonomous car technology will be safer than the human motorists of today, according to an official translation of his comments.

Abe, a fanatical supporter of artificial intelligence who recently launched a “robot revolution” to accelerate the robot takeover of the world, made his remarks at the G7 Summit, where leaders of the seven most powerful trading nations in the world were given a closer look at the latest in autonomous car technology, as well as more environmentally friendly fuel systems.

The G7 Summit was held last week in Ise-Shima, Japan, and local carmakers Toyota, Honda and Nissan took the opportunity to unveil some new innovations in their autonomous product range.  Continue reading Japan leader promotes robot revolution at G7 Summit

Nissan demonstrates autonomous car technology at G7 Summit

Nissan ProPilot autonomous technology applied to a Nissan Leaf car, seen here at Ise-Shima G7 Summit
Nissan ProPilot autonomous technology applied to a Nissan Leaf car, seen here at Ise-Shima G7 Summit

Nissan has shown off its ProPilot autonomous drive technology at the G7 summit, which is currently being held in Ise-shima, Japan.

European Council President Donald Tusk had a front-seat view, as his car was among a cavalcade of Group of Seven next-generation vehicles.

The Nissan autonomous drive road session was one of a number of events planned during the Japan-hosted G7 Summit on May 26 and 27. Continue reading Nissan demonstrates autonomous car technology at G7 Summit

TU-Automotive Detroit conference and exhibition returns for 2016

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Sensors in a connected car. Picture courtesy Here 360.

Penton’s TU-Automotive has announced the agenda and speaker line-up for TU-Automotive Detroit 2016 (June 8-9, Nov, MI), the world’s largest conference and exhibition dedicated to innovation in automotive technology, covering connected cars, autonomy and mobility.

At TU-Automotive Detroit 2016, the city’s automakers (Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) will join international OEMs such as Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz to discuss their vision for how the car can become the leading “node” of the Internet of Things.

Leading technology disruptors such as Zipcar, Amazon, Via and Renovo Motors will also take center stage during discussions as the ecosystem widens to embrace new players.

The 80+ session agenda and 150+ speaker line-up can be viewed at TU-Automative Continue reading TU-Automotive Detroit conference and exhibition returns for 2016

Nissan to launch car with self-driving tech next year

The Nissan Qashqai will have self-driving features from next year
The Nissan Qashqai will have self-driving features from next year

Nissan is planning to integrate the Qashqai with autonomous features by next year, making the “crossover” model the first of its cars in Europe to feature its new self-driving technology. 

After a decade of what the car maker calls “unprecedented customer demand”, Nissan says it intends to increase Qashqai capacity and further strengthen its position as what the company claims is the “best-selling crossover in Europe”.

Nissan says it “still cannot keep pace with the continued growth of the crossover market” it claims to have created with Qashqai, despite record volumes of 300,000 cars every year on Line 1 at the company’s UK Sunderland Plant, round-the-clock production and a build rate of one car every minute.  Continue reading Nissan to launch car with self-driving tech next year