Friday, April 10, 2015

Nissan to provide technology for submarine robots in search of rare metals

From Japan Times
10 April 2015

Nissan Motor Co. will provide driving support technology to improve the performance of submarine robots used to search for rare metals and other resources.
The automaker said Thursday it will provide the technology for a joint project with the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology and Topy Industries Ltd.
Nissan’s technology provides a virtual 360-degree overview of a car from a bird’s-eye view. It helps a driver visually confirm the vehicle’s position when parking it.
Using the technology, the project aims to create a similar bird’s-eye view to help easily operate a robot working as deep as 3,000 meters by fiscal 2018, which ends in March 2019.
The project also calls for combining the technology with sensors that can calculate the distance between the robot and obstacles to prevent accidents.

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