Tokyo, Japan – Nissan Motor Company has awarded its inaugural Carlos Ghosn Award for advanced technology research. The award, named for the company’s president and CEO, is open to individuals, groups or organizations for outstanding achievements in the field of advanced technology in collaboration with Nissan. Winners receive a monetary grant worth two million yen.

This year’s recipients are:

– Professor Shojiro Miyake of the Nippon Institute of Technology in Japan, and Professor Jean Michel Martin of Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France, for combined research for a hydrogen-free DLC (diamond-like carbon) low-friction film for use in automotive engines, which reduces friction between the cam and valve lifter by 40 per cent.

– Professor Alex Pentland of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the U.S., for research on human-vehicle interface technologies; applications include Nissan’s Distance Control Assist and Around View Monitor

– Professor Shigeo Hirose of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, for research on bio-mobility automations in vehicle assembly robots with improvements in efficiency and productivity

“We welcome these collaborative efforts that will help open new technological horizons for Nissan,” Ghosn said. “These award winners are to be congratulated for bringing their diversity of experience to enhance our products and technology for consumers.”

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