Nissan’s Robot Car Finds Its Own Parking Spots


Japanese automaker Nissan is focusing on robot car making one step at a time; it showed off the upcoming 2015 NSC at Japan’s CEATEC. According to the auto manufacturer, the electric car can park it itself, without anybody’s guidelines and also releases it when you call it; moreover, it warns about burglars.

NSC 2015 is a highly renovated version of Nissan Leaf, an electric car that connected to cloud computing systems and is capable of going forward, turn straight 90 degree, slide into reverse, and fall back on its own. The car was not only kept for display, but one of the representatives demonstrated its operation. He clicked a few buttons on his phone and surprisingly, NSC started driving towards him. The concept is that you won’t have to search your car in a parking lot in coming years, but rather it’ll approach you. On the whole, it looked more elaborate than the Toyota’s self-parking system.

There was also a break-in conducted, where a crook (in reality one of Nissan’s employees) walked over and hovered by the electric car. The vehicle sensed him and a message displayed at representative’s phone, saying that car has been detected by someone and can watch the live video. If that person isn’t your family member or friend, it even set off the alarm. The robotic car will make its debut to market in late 2015 or early 2016.

Tooru Futami, Nissan expert leader in ITS Engineering team, said that vehicle can’t drive itself down the street. The prototype wasn’t able to demonstrate its driving skills in a random parking lot. The car with self-parking ability will initially work in parking lots, dedicated to robotic vehicles connected to the cloud. Suppose, it didn’t mean a lot for robotic cars, then the new NSC won’t be able to form a picture of the surroundings that are accurate enough to propel through. It is completely dependent on LTE sensors and cellular, instead of GPS as the location and terrain of the objects keep changing in lots.

Back in 2009, automaker displayed self-navigating robots that were capable enough to avoid other cars in accidents. Google too started working on robotic vehicles and states have started to change their laws, allowing robotics on the road.

The automotive industry has been inspecting the problems, often related to safety for many years. Advantages of robotic car include avoid traffic jam, save gas, reduce accident, and better utilization of the parking spaces.


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