NASA’s Mars Rover-like autonomous vehicle for Earth

April 17, 2015

NASA’s Modular Robotic Vehicle (credit: NASA)

NASA has released a video of their electric “extreme dexterity” Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV) in operation at the Johnson Space Center, emulating NASA’s self-driving Rover.

The vehicle is designed to be driven autonomously, by a human, or teleoperated, according to a NASA document.

NASA | Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV) created by NASA at the Johnson Space Center

Nissan teams up with NASA for autonomous vehicle development

Nissan announced in January a five-year R&D partnership with NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley to “advance autonomous vehicle systems and prepare for commercial application of the technology.”

The team plans to “test a fleet of zero-emission autonomous vehicles at Ames to demonstrate proof-of-concept remote operation of autonomous vehicles for the transport of materials, goods, payloads and people.”

Nissan also said it will introduce autonomous drive vehicles in 2020 that can “navigate in nearly all situations, including the most complex situation, city driving.”