Renault-Nissan Alliance Opens Bigger Silicon Valley Research Center to Enhance Advanced Research and Development

Renault-Nissan Alliance Opens Bigger Silicon Valley Research Center to Enhance
                      Advanced Research and Development

PR Newswire

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 18, 2013

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Renault-Nissan Alliance
has expanded its presence in Silicon Valley with the opening of a new advanced
research center initially specializing in autonomous driving and connected

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Today marks the official opening of the Nissan Research Center Silicon Valley
(NRC-SV), which will enhance Nissan's global research capability through
collaborative partnerships with companies and research institutions in this
global technology hub.

The opening of NRC-SV is part of Nissan's global strategy to expand and
localize 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:

1.Research of autonomous vehicles to realize a future with safe, stress-free
2.Research of connected vehicles that can tap into infrastructure and the
    Internet to maximize energy and time efficiency; and
3.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.

Nissan Executive Vice President supervising Research and Development Mitsuhiko
Yamashita said Monday during a visit to the new R&D center, "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."

In 2011, engineers from Nissan and its corporate strategic partner Renault
opened an office in Mountain View. The teams will now continue their work in
the larger Sunnyvale lab. Renault's primary focus in Silicon Valley is advance
research on vehicle connectivity and related topics.

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About Nissan
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is
headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
Operating with more than 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers
with more than 4.9 million vehicles in 2012, generating revenue of 9.4
trillion yen ($US118.95 billion) in fiscal 2011. With a strong commitment to
developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a
comprehensive range of 64 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A
pioneer in zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction
of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle
and winner of numerous international accolades, including the prestigious
2011-2012 Car of the Year Japan and 2011 World Car of the Year awards.

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SOURCE Nissan Americas

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