Snorkeling around the Cayman Islands is one thing but when you are trying to navigate your way around the seafloor 20,000 feet, it can be difficult to make your way around. For the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology exploring these kinds of depths is just another day at the office.
Up until now, engineers at the agency would have to look at a number of different monitors to get an idea of how their remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) were oriented. This presented some obvious limitations.
Now Nissan has stepped in to help. The next generation of ROVs will come equipped with Nissan’s Around View Monitor system (AVM). Using cameras and lasers, the system creates a bird’s eye view of the vehicle. This means engineers will only have to look at one monitor to know precisely what situation their rover is in.
This is an incredible application for a technology that, as Fox News reports, was “originally developed to make parking easier.”