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How Does Nissan’s New Driver-Assistance Technology Work?

Posted by on 24 May 2022

Nissan’s “ground truth perception” technology

Nissan is developing new driver-assist technology – “ground truth perception”

Nissan has long been a leader in driver-assistance technology which will stand them in good stead since it will play a vital role in the world of self-driving vehicles, which is not that far away. With a big focus on vehicle safety, Nissan is developing a new driver-assistance technology that uses highly accurate, real-time data of the vehicle’s surrounding environment which will help greatly improve collision avoidance.

Testing The New Driver-Assistance Technology

One of the biggest concerns over autonomous vehicles is collision avoidance from simple evading manoeuvres to more complex scenarios. So, with an eye on the future and improving overall road safety, Nissan showcased its new driver-assistance technology using a test vehicle at its facility in Japan.

Here, it successfully performed automatic collision-avoidance manoeuvres thanks to the automaker’s “ground truth perception” technology. It combines information from next-generation high-performance LIDAR, radar and cameras to identify and react to what lies ahead in real-time. This includes the following:

  • Detect the shape and distance of objects
  • Calculate the structure of the area surrounding the vehicle with an exceptionally high level of accuracy
  • Instantly analyse the current situation and take the appropriate action to avoid a potential collision
  • This new driver-assistance technology can detect slowed traffic and road obstacles and execute lane changes accordingly
  • It can also provide added support to drivers in areas where detailed map information is unavailable

According to Takao Asami, senior vice president, leading global research and development: “Nissan has been the first to market a number of advanced driver assistance technologies. When we look at the future of autonomous driving, we believe that it is of utmost importance for 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.”

Developing The Next-Gen LIDAR For Autonomous Driving

In preparation for the inevitable future of autonomous vehicles, Nissan has partnered with several reputable companies to research and develop this collision avoidance driver-assistance technology. Using leading technologies, the next-generation LIDAR will be integrated into Nissan’s system with Luminar, a global automotive technology company.

When it comes to advanced collision avoidance control, it is crucial to develop highly accurate verification technology within a digital environment. As with the collaboration with Luminar, Nissan is also partnering with Applied Intuition, a software engineering company with state-of-the-art simulation technology. All stakeholders working closely together and sharing knowledge puts Nissan in the driving seat in terms of developing next-gen driver-assistance technology.

The Future Of Autonomous Vehicles And Driver-Assistance Technology

Nissan has a long-term vision called Nissan Ambition 2030, in which it plans to use next-generation LIDAR technology to help drivers avoid collisions. They believe that driver-assistance technology to help avoid highly complex accidents will be essential in autonomous vehicles of the future.

Safety is important for carmakers and buyers across the world with governments also mandating the addition of certain features. This includes lane departure warning (LDW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB) which could pave the way for new driver-assistance technologies in self-driving cars.

Nissan wants its ground truth perception technology operational by the mid-2020s. While it will initially only be available on a select few new vehicles, it will eventually be on nearly every new vehicle by the end of 2030.

It appears Nissan has clearly outlined its plan and timelines to develop and launch this new driver-assistance technology. To keep up to date on this story and other articles covering new vehicles and driving tips, subscribe to our blog.

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