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Former NASA Scientist Maarten Sierhuis Helps Develop Nissan Autonomous Vehicles

For years, former NASA scientist Maarten Sierhuis worked on technology that would help the human race reach out to the stars. However, for his next project, Sierhuis is focusing on technology that is a little more grounded. According to a press release from Nissan, Former NASA scientist Maarten Sierhuis will help develop Nissan autonomous vehicles.

During his time at NASA, Sierhuis worked to develop a series of robotics-based intelligence systems to help aid the organization with their pursuit of space exploration.

Maarten Sierhuis will now take the knowledge and expertise that he used at NASA to help Nissan with a goal that they are currently trying to pursue: autonomous vehicle technology. Autonomous driving systems allow for vehicle to drive themselves without the direct aid of the driver. Even when the driver is in control of the vehicle, autonomous driving would serve as a monitoring system to help optimize vehicle safety.

Maarten Sierhuis is currently working on a project at the Nissan Research Center that uses autonomous vehicle technology to help navigate during travel on the highway.

“Bringing this new technology to society, it will change so many things,” says Sierhuis. “And call me crazy, but for me part of my drive of wanting to be thinking about these kinds of problems is that I want it to be done right.”

For Maarten Sierhuis, space was not the final frontier. Rather, his exciting journey continues with Nissan and their autonomous vehicle project!

Maarten Sierhuis

Intelligent Parking Assist Creates Self-Driving Office Chairs

Nissan is taking self-diving technology indoors. Not only is Nissan testing vehicles on the road, but they have been finding new ways to use driverless technology.

Nissan has created a robotic “self-driving” office chair.

The chairs come from the Japanese chair company Okamura but are powered by Nissan. Upon detecting a clap, the chair parks itself. A roomful of office chairs will go back to their designated locations with just one clap.

This system is operated by many cameras. Wi-Fi allows the bird’s-eye office camera system to be connected with the chairs. There are then four other cameras which keep track of the chair’s position and guide it back into place.

Nissan’s “Intelligent Parking Assist” technology is brilliantly demonstrated through these concept office chairs. This is the same system that allows a vehicle to be parked hands-free. The camera system steers the car and the driver only has to apply the brake and gas.

Camera technology is paving the way for self-driving vehicles. Nissan plans to develop more autonomous features and add the technology to at least ten vehicle models over the next four years. The year 2020 is the deadline for the ultimate goal: to have a fully self-driving vehicle.

These self-driving office chairs are mind-blowing and brilliant, but are unfortunately not available for purchase. You’ll have to self for the Park-Assist technology available in new Nissan cars. Not a bad consolation prize.

Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn Maps Out Autonomous Car Progress

Autonomous Car Progress

Car lovers that are expecting a car that drives itself sooner, rather than later, are about to be sorely disappointed. According to Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, who shocked the car world when he announced plans to offer consumers an autonomous car by 2020, these self-sufficient cars might not join the market so quickly. Instead, slow and steady appears to be the path autonomous car progress is going.


In a recent speech in Japan, Ghosn made Nissan’s new path toward autonomous driving clear. Rather than finishing a vehicle in 2020, the new plan was to gradually introduce a variety of innovations that will culminate in a fully autonomous vehicle. The year 2016 will be the first milestone with the introduction of traffic-jam assist and fully automated parking. Then, in 2018, some models will receive automatic lane changing, followed by a technology that will allow cars to handle intersections without driver inputs in 2020.


As Ghosn has said himself, “Self-driving cars remain a long way from commercial reality,” but if you’re looking for a great car with other innovative technologies, stop in to Cronic Nissan today!

Nissan Introduces Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo

When an auto maker has plans to introduce a new concept vehicle to the world it’s usually at a national auto show or during a large press conference. But Nissan decided to take a new spin on unveiling their Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo.

Instead of spending thousands of dollars to create the actual vehicle and have an extravagant showcase or spectacle of the vehicle in person, Nissan decided to introduce the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo via the new Gran Turismo 6 video game. The Gran Turismo video game franchise is extremely popular with modified car enthusiasts and it made perfect sense to reveal the concept this way.

Over the last few weeks, Nissan has been teasing their audience with vague videos, showing off the vehicle’s features.

Unlike a traditional concept car, the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo will only be available to players and their virtual garages for now. Nissan found this as a great way to display what one of their supercars could look like in the near future.

The creator of the Gran Turismo game, Polyphony Digital, asked other makes to create a Vision Gran Turismo concept for the game and Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Mitsubishi have done so.

Many are saying that the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo is an accelerated version of the highly anticipated 2015 Nissan GT-R, with similar features like the hood, headlamps, and shape of the car.

Nissan Concept 2020
The bold look of the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo is creating a lot of buzz in the auto world

The GT-R has been creating a lot of buzz lately and excited many Nissan fans when it was announced that the vehicle would be a hybrid.

There are more details to come in July when the video game is released, but for now we can all drool over this hypercar and its incredible performance in the videos from Nissan.

What do you think of the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo? If you think we should start carrying them in our dealership, stop by Cronic Nissan and let us know!


Nissan to Bring New Concept to Beijing Auto Show

New Concept

Nissan is planning to bring an all new sedan concept to the Auto China show in Beijing this April. There isn’t much information yet, but many suspect it will be a follow-up to last year’s Friend-ME concept.

That concept, which really was much better than its name, had a great design and tons of high-tech connectivity features. This year’s concept should follow much in the same strain and Nissan says, “The concept expresses Nissan’s passion and focus in the world’s most dynamic auto market.”

The car will be designed by Nissan Design China located in Beijing along with the Nissan Global Design Center.

Nissan will also feature some of its other new models at the Beijing show including the BladeGlider concept, the Autonomous Drive Car, and the all-new X-Trail.

We’ll be on the lookout for more information on Nissan’s new concept car so stayed tuned to Cronic Nissan for future updates.

Sport Sedan Concept to Dazzle Detroit at 2014 NAIAS

Nissan Sport Sedan Concept
Nissan Sport Sedan Concept

Nissan knows how to kick off the new year the right way—with a teaser announcing that the new Sport Sedan Concept will make its debut in Detroit at the 2014 North American International Auto Show later this January. We’ve only been able to just glimpse the concept so far, but on January 13 the veil will finally be lifted and we’ll get our first full look at the dazzling new concept.

The Sport Sedan Concept, as we can confirm here at Cronic Nissan, does prefigure an eventual production model, widely rumored to be the 2015 Maxima. The released teaser image reveals a car with a similar profile—especially the front end styling—to the current Maxima while also showcasing Nissan’s “new energetic design direction.”

The 2014 NIAIS will also feature the North American premieres of the IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO, futuristic compact vehicle concepts that took previously took the Tokyo Motor Show by storm.

With all this excitement—the promise of a new, sporty Nissan sedan and a flashy glimpse at the future of compact cars—slated just for January, it looks to be a very full and exciting year for Nissan!