Thinking towards the future is something Nissan has always been proud of. At the core of our forward-thinking attitude are the inquisitive minds of our people – particularly researchers like those featured in this story. These bright young individuals challenge themselves day in and day out, chasing their dreams and solving problems. Driven by the core Nissan principle of “Dare to do what others don’t”, our young researchers push boundaries in their search for solutions to complex problems. Based at the Nissan Research Center, they work at the very cutting edge to develop future technologies for use in the cars of tomorrow.
The Nissan Research Center
The Nissan Research Center is located across two sites in Kanagawa Prefecture. The older of the two buildings dates back to 1958, a hint of just how long Nissan has been investing in R&D. It is here that a lot of Nissan’s technological development begins, providing solutions that will prove essential a decade into the future. The key objective for those involved is to develop advanced technologies leading to practical applications for Nissan. This involves identifying trends and analyzing future needs.
The process can be divided into four focus areas:
- Driving electrification toward carbon neutrality
- Developing mobility services for new value creation
- Expanding AI utilization beyond cars and into production
- Innovating production technologies for vehicles of the future
Talking to the Researchers
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3D Printing: Moe Mekata (3 years with Nissan)
Moe Mekata is a 3D printing materials researcher. We asked her about her passion for inquiry and the excitement she gains from developing Nissan’s 3D printing capabilities. Since her university days, Moe has been interested in production technology. She decided to join Nissan, rather than other manufacturers in different industries, because car production involves a variety of manufacturing processes.
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All-solid-state batteries: Hiroki Kawakami (7 years with Nissan) – Kazuhiro Yoshino (4 years with Nissan)
All-solid-state batteries represent the next-generation of batteries. Hiroki Kawakami and Kazuhiro Yoshino are working to achieve a breakthrough for the practical application of this new battery technology. Hiroki is collaborating with researchers and students from around the world at Purdue University in the U.S., while Kazuhiro is working with researchers at Nissan Research Center in Japan.