Nissan tackles tech overload in autonomous car

Douglas A. Bolduc is managing editor at Automotive News Europe.
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Nissan’s latest test car for autonomous driving combines 360-degree sensing with artificial intelligence. Nissan Deputy General Manager for R&D Toshiro Muramatsu said the car can handle 90 percent of the traffic challenges on the road. It does so with the help of nine radars, 12 cameras, six laser scanners and 12 sonar sensors. That’s 39 devices.

“We will have to reduce that number and reduce the cost of each device,” he said. When asked how, he said the concept version of Nissan’s Around View Monitor that displays a virtual bird’s-eye view of the vehicle had eight cameras when the concept version appeared in 2001. Nissan halved the number of cameras to four when the technology was added to its first production car.

When asked whether he would like to see the 39 devices used now to support autonomous driving halved, he said: “Hopefully.”

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