Japanese deep-sea research vehicles plan to use the 3D features of Nissan's AVM technology (Photo: Nissan)

Japanese researchers will use Nissan's Around View Monitor (AVM) technology to improve deep-sea exploration techniques, the Japanese carmaker said.

AVM, which is available on Nissan's entire range of crossover models, provides a 360-degree view of the car from above. This helps drivers get a better sense of the exact location of their vehicle. The technology will play a key role in Nissan's plans to start marketing autonomous vehicles by 2020.

The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) and robot crawler manufacturer Topy Industries are jointly developing a new operating system for remotely operated vehicles that conduct undersea searches.

AVM will be part of this project, as the technology can provide three-dimensional picture processing capability. This will help improve measurement of distances on the ocean floor.