NASA To Partner With Nissan To Develop Self-Driving Cars For Space

By Kamal Nayan - 10 Jan '15 09:14AM

The US space agency, NASA will partner with automaker Nissan to build self-driving and zero-emission autonomous cars for space. Apparently they will start with self-driving cars for earth first.

The five-year partnership, will allow both organization to share their respective expertise. They will test the autonomous cars at the US space agency's Ames Research Centre in Sunnyvale, California. The first car from the partnership is expected to hit the roads by the end of 2015.

Reportedly, Nissan is already working on cars that can navigate urban environments without any assistance.

"This is a perfect blend of the capability of what the robotics folks at NASA Ames have and the autonomy that we bring," Maarten Sierhuis, director of Nissan's Silicon Valley research centre, said.

"The partnership brings together the best and brightest of NASA and Nissan and validates our investments in Silicon Valley," said Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn.

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