Nissan has expanded its Farmington Hills engineering center, Nissan Technical Center North America (NTCNA), with a more than $40 million dollar Safety Advancement Lab for vehicle safety testing.
The new lab brings more efficiency to the vehicle development process and furthers 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 center of excellence for new vehicle testing,” Chris Reed, regional senior vice president, Research and Development, Nissan Americas, said in a press release. “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 full vehicle crash testing, vehicle certification, advanced development testing and benchmarking. Engineers can conduct 48 different passive safety crash test simulations onsite, creating efficiencies in timing and results analysis.
The site also includes a test dummy calibration lab, space for preparing vehicles and a pedestrian safety lab.
“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 in the event that 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.”
This expansion, totaling over $40 million, brings Nissan’s overall investment in Farmington Hills to more than $310 million since opening in 1991.