Nissan and NASA joined together to design an autonomous vehicle that can take passenger to Mars.
On Thursday, the government space agency and Japanese car maker proclaims a five years long partnership contract. As per the conditions of contract, the car will be designed at NASA’s Ames Research Center which is located near the Nissan’s Silicon Valley facility in California.
The two organizations intend to test the car for numerous different functions and one of them is transportation of goods. However, the basic purpose of this agreement is to develop a remote control car that can run safely even in extremely dangerous situations.
Moreover, NASA could take advantage from the skilful engineers of Nissan.
They will help the government space agency in the formation of self-directed vehicles. These cars will strengthen the future space missions of NASA. It would also be beneficial for Nissan’s R&D first robotic car.
Martin Sierhuis, the director of Nissan’s Silicon Valley Research Center states that the partnership is surely the best combination of autonomy and robotic.
The current rovers of NASA are not completely independent but Nissan can still learn several things from them. The government agency has demonstrated its capabilities to remotely run vehicle outside the planet. Generally, such kind of feature needs high level of engineering. The Japanese auto manufacturer can gain knowledge how to design reliable and strong systems.