Nissan: Connected strategy in the age of autonomous cars

Adoption of Microsoft's Connected Vehicle Platform, aiming for fully automated driving in 2022



Easy Ride
Field testing of the Easy Ride driverless vehicle jointly developed with DeNA (Source: Nissan)

This report is based on a presentation given at TU Automotive Japan 2017 (in October 2017) by Mr. Masaru Muramatsu, the head of Nissan's Connected Car & Telematics Development Group, the HD Map Development Group of Nissan's AD & ADAS Advanced Technology Development Department, and its Connected Car and Autonomous Drive Division. This report outlines Nissan's autonomous vehicle connected car strategy, focusing mainly on the "Connected Car in the Autonomous Era".

The Nissan Intelligent Mobility innovation roadmap consists of three core elements: 1) Nissan Intelligent Power, which is represented by EV technology, 2) Nissan Intelligent Driving, represented by autonomous driving technology, and 3) Nissan Intelligent Integration, represented by Connected Car technology. Nissan believes that the cars of the future will be electric, autonomous, and connected through a combination of the fruits of advancements being made in these three areas of innovation. Nissan is aiming to realize fully autonomous (driverless) driving in 2022.

Renault-Nissan has adopted Microsoft's Cloud Azure-based Connected Vehicle Platform. The platform contributes to fully-autonomous driving using features such as state-of-the-art advanced navigation systems, remote monitoring of vehicle status, and over-the-air (OTA) software program updates. At the same time, the platform aims to free the driver from driving tasks to enrich their time spent in an automated vehicle by providing a mobile connection to the outside world and services.

Nissan will introduce its Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM) platform, a remote monitoring system for automated vehicles, in technical field testing of the Easy Ride driverless vehicle mobility service that has been jointly developed with DeNA since the end of 2017. In January 2018, Nissan announced that it plans to conduct additional testing to further advance its Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM) platform that was jointly developed with NASA by conducting a working demonstration of the technology. SAM represents a major milestone for its Nissan Intelligent Integration infrastructure technology, which is considered key to accelerating the deployment of autonomous mobility services. In Japan and the U.S. there are legislative proposals to require remote monitoring systems for field testing of driverless vehicles on public roads.

Mr. Muramatsu also mentioned that, from 2020, 5G communication technology will gradually evolve to a point where vehicles will acquire new functions and characteristics and result in the availability of new services and business.

In January 2018, Nissan announced its plans to collaborate with five companies including Continental AG and Qualcomm, to conduct its first Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) trials in 2018. Nissan aspires to provide new safety and convenience services in a timely manner, once the 5G technology is available.

Related reports:
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance: Projecting sales of 14 million units in 2022 (October 2017)
Tokyo Motor Show 2017: Exhibits from Nissan, Honda, and Mitsubishi (December 2017)



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