Nissan is finally onboard and is joining Volkswagen and BMW in advancing the autonomous vehicle technologies. Thanks to its partnership with Mobileye, driving data will be collected by the Mobileye NV chips and sensors that will be used in a collective map to enable autonomous driving.
Nissan Motor Co. is the 3rd company to sign up with Mobileye's platform. This is to help the self-driving technology company build and use high-precision road maps that are updated in real-time with the use of anonymized and crowd-sourced data from cars, such those from Nissan, on the road.
Chairman Amnon Shashua said, "We now have significant commitments from multiple global automakers to generate and share data. Aptly called Global RoadBook, which is the map of drivable paths and landmarks Mobileye is building, is going to be "critical input within autonomous vehicle systems," added the Chairman.
In fact, Mobileye has been on the move, lobbying with car manufacturers to "allow the merging of that data into one collaborative mapping effort" and also install the mapping technology. This is the "missing piece," as Chairman Shashua calls it, of fully autonomous driving: real-time mapping of data from automakers.
This isn't the first time Nissan has worked with Mobileye and its technology, REM. Both companies are already working together for the ProPilot driver assistance () system, which debuted last year.
With additional automakers on board, the REM platform will become an even more attractive component for other automakers. This could soon dip to the status of "industry standard" for autonomous operation for vehicles. Surely, Intel (future Mobileye owner) is happy with the latest deal.
Hopefully, other car manufacturers will follow Nissan, BMW, and Volkswagen in sharing data with Mobileye and signing for the REM platform. Autonomous driving technology is gaining its momentum and could be in the nearest possible future.