Nissan previews ‘ground truth perception’ ADAS capabilities

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Nissan has released details of its latest driver-assistance technology, which it says uses highly accurate, real-time information about a vehicle’s surrounding environment to dramatically enhance collision avoidance.

The ground truth perception technology, currently in development, fuses information from next-generation high-performance lidar, radar and cameras. The technology can detect the shape and distance of objects, as well as the structure of the area surrounding the vehicle, in real time with a high degree of accuracy.

Using this information, Nissan says it is possible for the vehicle to instantly analyze the current situation, judge and automatically perform required collision-avoidance operations. This technology can also detect slowed traffic and road obstacles in the distance and execute lane changes accordingly. Importantly, the technology can also provide increased support to drivers in areas where detailed map information is not available.

Takao Asami, senior vice president, leading global research and development, commented, “Nissan has been the first to market a number of advanced driver assistance technologies. When we look at the future of autonomous driving, we believe that it is of utmost importance for owners to feel highly confident in the safety of their vehicle. We are confident that our in-development ground truth perception technology will make a significant contribution to owner confidence, reduced traffic accidents and autonomous driving in the future.”

Nissan has partnered with a number of companies to research and develop the technology and share know-how; for example, the next-generation lidar is being integrated in collaboration with Luminar. In the area of advanced collision avoidance control it is critical to develop highly accurate verification technology in a digital environment. To this end, Nissan is teaming up with Applied Intuition.

In this video, Nissan experts explain the company’s latest developments in driver-assistance technology:

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