Earth and space have merged, with Nissan and NASA announcing a collaboration to perform joint research and development efforts for autonomous mobility services.

With word coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today, both companies provided new details. Its agreement is comprised of a five-year plan for Nissan and NASA’s research teams to continue development of Nissan’s Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM) technology, a fleet management solution using NASA’s technology, with a goal to launch a public demonstration in California at a later date to be specified.

“We built SAM from technology NASA developed for managing interplanetary rovers as they move around unpredictable landscapes,” said Maarten Sierhuis, director of the Nissan Research Center in Silicon Valley. “Our goal is to deploy SAM to help third-party organizations safely integrate a fleet of autonomous vehicles in unpredictable urban environments, for example, ride-hailing services, public transportation or logistics, and delivery services. The final stage of our existing research agreement with NASA will bring us closer to that goal and test SAM in a working demonstration on public streets.”

One of its researched applications is remote parking of a self-driving car. Leveraging NASA’s expertise in directing unmanned vehicles, buoyed by its proprietary Visual Environment for Remote Virtual Exploration (VERVE) software for interplanetary robot tracking, Nissan is hoping its own SAM solution can capitalize.

Another NASA-Nissan focal point, unrelated to autonomous vehicles, has been “fatigue-free” front row seating for long rides. Introduced with the 2013 Altima, both companies worked together to develop seats capable of re-distributing a driver’s weight to the chest, as opposed to the lower spine area, resulting in less muscle fatigue.

The overall effort is endemic to Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility’s “Intelligent Integration” pillar. It is one of three pillars (the others being Intelligent Drive and Intelligent Power) that focuses on the connectivity of drivers, cars, and communities. This is Nissan’s marketing speak for making autonomous cars “smarter” (as opposed to merely functional) in riskier situations on the road that use more of a driver’s unfettered discretion.