February 20, 2013

Renault-Nissan Alliance opens bigger Silicon Valley Research Center to enhance advanced R&D

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has expanded its presence in Silicon Valley with the opening of a new advanced research center initially specialising in autonomous driving and connected cars.

The opening of NRC-SV is part of Nissan's global strategy to expand
and localise its R&D function in strategic markets. The new Silicon Valley research center will take responsibility for selected roles in collaboration with Nissan Research Center in Japan.
The initial projects that Nissan researchers will pursue include:
> Research of autonomous vehicles to realise a future with safe, stress-free mobility;
> Research of connected vehicles that can tap into infrastructure and the Internet to maximise energy and time efficiency; and
> Research in the area of Human Machine Interface to enhance the experience of autonomous and connected vehicles

In addition, planning and advanced development of connected vehicle services and the design of user interface systems will also be studied as a complementary field to the above disciplines.

"As we continue to expand our R&D capabilities throughout the world, we aggressively pursue our activities to create new values of mobility, by harnessing the latest information and communication technologies here in our new research center in Silicon Valley," said Mitsuhiko Yamashita, Nissan Executive Vice-President supervising Research and Development.


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