Nissan IDS concept is self-driving EV with 310-mile range

31 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Nissan IDS concept is self-driving EV with 310-mile range.

The IDS concept in Tokyo – previewing the next Leaf – looks outstanding as the firm get ready to roll-out other new cars such as the Micra, based on the cracking Sway concept.

As a bridge between what is possible in autonomous driving and a completely autonomous future, the IDS can also be used in a conventional mode where the driver retains full control, but where the full suite of driver assistance and crash avoidance technologies are enabled.The IDS continues Nissan’s push towards focusing on cars that produce no emissions whatsoever, a push that began when it released the first Leaf several years ago.

Nissan are already planning to add an even sportier Z model for the Juke – perhaps taking design cues from the Gripz concept from the Frankfurt Motor Show last month. With a 60 kWh battery pack, it would have greater power and driving range than the current Leaf, which has a 24 kWh battery and EPA-rated range of 84 miles per charge. Some have referred to the concept as a potential successor to, or an evolution of the existing Leaf, albeit one that may only arrive in the next decade or so.

In doing so, it’s added greater efficiency, sharper styling, more equipment and practicality, and – what’s becoming massively important in this compact crossover class – the possibility for owners to customise the look of their car. The Tokyo Motor Show is always good for at least a few whimsical, well-outside-the-box concepts, and Nissan has delivered in fine fashion with its spectacularly named Teatro For Dayz show auto. The Nissan IDS Concept’s real party piece, though, is the reconfigurable interior that switches its cockpit arrangement depending on the different driving modes.

Nissan says this allows drivers to have as much flexibility as they need, letting them choose whether they want the car to do the driving or whether they want to drive themselves. PD is a fully automated mode that has its share of autopilot features, but these features also help out in manual mode, intervening in the event of a safety concern. It’s small and agile enough to whip in and out of traffic around city centres, while it feels planted and assured on country roads and it cruises along using a minimum of fuel on the motorway.

That last word will be a welcome message for drivers who feel uncomfortable about self-driving cars from the likes of Google, which remove all driver controls entirely. This system can communicate and relate not only to the driver and passengers, but also to the pedestrians; it sends out messages with its scrolling LED screen to “communicate” with people. On the inside, the Juke gets a much more attractive cabin thanks to a new 5.8in multimedia system that’s linked to Google, while boot space is also improved – up to 345 litres from 251. While we may have to wait a while before it arrives, the car does successfully combine sporty design, impressive mileage, an environmentally-friendly setup, and a wide range of smart features. And there is Nissan’s Safety Shield – comprising a 360-degree around-view monitor, blind spot and lane departure warning, and moving object detection.

Nissan released a concept video explaining the IDS’ different autopilot features, so that should help whet your appetite for the concept in the meantime.

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