Nissan reveals its electric future

31 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Nissan Juke’s a really popular hit.

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.Nissan has confirmed they are in the process of developing autonomous driving technology for application on several of its cars, including the GT-R and 370Z.Japanese automaker Nissan has teased an autonomous electric vehicle (EV) concept for the Tokyo Motor Show which is scheduled to kick off this Thursday, October 29. “Created by a team of young designers at Nissan Design Europe in London, England, the model was considered to have so much potential that it has benefited from input from an advanced engineering team based at Nissan Technical Center in Atsugi, Japan”.

Various driving-related operations are handled by artificial intelligence (AI) yet the car’s performance – from accelerating to braking to cornering – imitates the driver’s own style and preferences. 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. 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. Its laser scanners are particularly significant, as they allow the onboard computer to determine the distance between the auto and its surroundings, in three dimensions.

That report, from the British Autocar, quotes Nissan chief designer Shiro Nakamura, who told the magazine that it could expect to see “something at Tokyo regarding the next Leaf”. In other words, in situations where it isn’t pleasant or even needed to drive, such as rush-hour traffic, the Nissan IDS Concept is happy to take over. During autonomous driving, this electric hatchback’s 4-person interior becomes passenger focused by retracting the steering wheel into the dash as a large flat screen panel emerges to display information ranging from daily appointments to text messages. 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.

In the test run, in which members of the media were invited to ride in the auto, the driver switched to a self-driving mode that uses cameras and sensors to monitor traffic lights and road signs. Brian Leon Though a few elements of the FCV Plus will likely make their way into future Toyota vehicles, don’t expect this concept to go into commercial production any time soon. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn’t so far away. Honda’s rival Clarity Fuel-Cell vehicle features a cruising range of more than 700 kilometres (430 miles), which it said would be the longest on the market, and can store enough power to supply an average household’s energy needs for a week.

AutoExpress recently sat down with Nissan’s Global Vice President for Research and Advanced Engineering, Takao Asami. “The prototype that we’re introducing here today is proof of how close we are towards the realization of this goal”. By 2018 it will debut a version of the technology that can handle highway lane changes, while the 2020 version will be capable of fully autonomous driving and navigating busy urban intersections.

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. It also has an LED on the side of the vehicle called the “Intention Indicator” and is named so because it is created to shine red when a pedestrian or cyclist is near, indicating the auto is aware of their presence. And there is Nissan’s Safety Shield – comprising a 360-degree around-view monitor, blind spot and lane departure warning, and moving object detection. Mr Ghosn said the plan was for full autonomous driving to be a reality in 2020, but for now, Nissan’s Piloted Drive 1.0 would be available to the public next year.

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