Nissan is pushing for automotive innovation, so much so that the automaker recently began the Nissan Intelligent Mobility project by creating the Joint Research Center at Tsinghau University. Dedicated to the future of mobility, including electric vehicles and autonomous driving technologies, this research center is bound to make driving better.
What’s this mean for consumers? Nissan began this project with the future in mind, so it is likely that the products of such an extensive research project will not be immediate. In particular, the Intelligent Mobility project is currently studying EV technologies like battery safety, as well as self-driving cars and new traffic systems. Vehicle-to-vehicle communication is also promising, as well as intelligent/wired roadways.
“As we continue to expand our R&D capabilities throughout the world, we aggressively pursue our activities to create new values of mobility here in this new research center in Beijing,” said Takao Asami, Senior VP of Nissan Motor Co.
Pollution is a major issue Nissan engineers are also tackling, looking for ways to reduce, if not eliminate, harmful vehicle emissions. Electric vehicles are promising because they do not burn fossil fuels directly; however, many electric plants are still powered by coal. The ideal Nissan vehicle will not only be able to drive itself, but it will also run on renewable electricity. We can’t wait to see the fruits of work done at this brand new research center.