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  • Writer's pictureNATALIA SOUSA

Nissan North America expands R&D with new Safety Advancement Lab

Updated: Apr 7, 2022

Nissan Technical Center North America (NTCNA) has announced a $40 million Safety Advancement Lab for vehicle safety testing. The company's says its new lab will create more efficiency to the vehicle development process and support Nissan's goal of reaching a future with virtually zero fatalities.

"This expansion underscores Nissan's commitment to the region and enables us to be a global centre of excellence for new vehicle testing," said Chris Reed, regional senior vice president, Research and Development, Nissan Americas. "The goal of virtually zero fatalities is always guiding our work. The combination of this new lab plus our passive and active safety technologies can help us reach that goal."

The Safety Advancement Lab expansion provides Nissan with the onsite capability to conduct complete vehicle crash testing, vehicle certification, advanced development testing and benchmarking. In addition, engineers can run 48 different passive safety crash test simulations onsite, creating efficiencies in timing and results in analysis. The facility is equipped with state-of-art, high-speed photography systems, data acquisition equipment and a precise vehicle tow system. The site also includes a test dummy calibration lab, space for preparing vehicles and a pedestrian safety lab.

The new Safety Advancement Lab is outfitted to evaluate the integrity of high-voltage EV batteries.

"Here in the Safety Advancement Laboratory, we're focused on passive safety," says Mike Bristol, director, Vehicle Safety Test Engineering, NTCNA. "Our vehicles come equipped with technology to help prevent a crash, but if there is a collision, we're focused on helping protect customers from injury and evaluating the vehicle structure performance, airbag performance, seatbelt performance and other mechanisms that help protect our customers."

Nissan Technical Center North America (NTCNA) currently serves as the main campus for Nissan Motor Company's Research and Development in the Americas with more than 1,200 employees.

NTCNA currently develops Nissan and INFINITI U.S.-market vehicles including Altima, Frontier, LEAF, Rogue, Sentra, Maxima, Pathfinder, Murano, TITAN, Versa and QX60. Additionally, the Michigan-based team tested and validated systems such as Nissan ProPILOT Assist and Nissan LEAF e-Pedal onsite.

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