Nissan unveiled a unique twist on autonomous driving technologies at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today, bringing the use of remote human intervention as a way of solving the current limitations of artificial intelligence (AI) in cars. As part of its Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM) system, Nissan claims it will allow its car's AI to use cloud processing power as well as the ability to call on help from human support (in a remote centre) to help it overcome unpredictable situations. The idea, according to Nissan, is to allow for a transitional phase whereby autonomous cars can begin to coexist with human drivers. When the autonomous driving system of a car comes to a situation that it cannot process or deal with, such as an accident site, or roadworks, it will either hand the case over to the driver, or if not possible, it will contact a remote command centre which would take charge of the situation, remotely log-in to the vehicle and draw a route around the obstacle for the car to follow. The reason for this human intervention requirement, Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn says, is because drivers know how to break the rules respectfully, but machines do not.
Nissan is working toward technology to put truly driverless cars on the streets of Tokyo by 2020. The project's goal is driverless commercial vehicles that could deliver packages or transport people on short trips. Work will begin this year with DeNA, a Japanese Internet company, and initial trials will take place in designated driverless car test zones in Japan. The 2020 goal is aggressive, but Nissan probably has the Tokyo Olympics in mind. Many Japanese companies have similar projects to wow Olympic visitors and help the country put its best foot forward.
LAS VEGAS -- Nissan is joining other auto makers in stepping up its self-driving car technology. But there's a catch: These autonomous cars still need humans to navigate, its CEO said. Company chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn, delivering the company's first Consumer Electronics Show keynote address here Thursday, offered more insights to the Yokohama, Japan-headquartered company's strategy. "Many people don't want to give up driving completely," he said. "But what they want is to decide when to drive and when to let the car take over."
"I mean, look at this." He points to a photo of road construction at an intersection in Sunnyvale, California, near Nissan's Silicon Valley research center, which Sierhuis runs. A worker holds a "Slow" sign. It's the sort of seemingly unremarkable situation that can trigger convulsions in the brain of an autonomous vehicle. "There is so much cognition that you need here," Sierhuis says.
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn took the stage here at CES 2017 to discuss Nissan and the general automotive landscape. During this keynote, he announced several steps his company will take in the future to advance its idea of mobility. Carlos Ghosn finally gave out some details regarding the next-generation Nissan Leaf. It will come with the semi-autonomous ProPilot system, which is currently in the Japanese-market Nissan Sirena. Ghosn also stressed Nissan's dedication to using the Leaf for energy distribution.