Nissan unleashes its autonomous car prototype in Japan

31 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Nissan Announces Self-Driving IDS Concept With 500km 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.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.Nissan is absolutely blowing it up at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show this week, with blockbuster announcements seemingly rolling down the tubes each and every day.

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. The prototype Leaf is equipped with all the needed hardware, including a millimeter wave radar, laser scanners, cameras and a special interface module among the rest. In his press briefing, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn shared that Nissan will be bringing its autopilot suite “Nissan Intelligent Driving” version 1.0 (hey, at least it’s not a beta, right?) to Nissan’s new vehicles, which will allow the cars to drive on single-lane highways and “provide traffic jam assistance.” That second part sounds great to me, as I hate driving in traffic, but the overall suite sounds a bit light when compared to what we are seeing from Tesla today, right here in comfortable old 2015.

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. However, company officials further made it clear the Piloted Drive tech for the two cars won’t drive the cars on its own while requiring minimal human interaction. As Nissan aspires to live in a world with zero emissions, going way back to when it first introduced the LEAF, you can imagine this hot ride is electric — and it is. Instead, those will be designed to assist the drivers to extract the most out of the cars without depriving the drivers from the pleasure of being behind the wheels of some of the most exciting performance machines out there.

The IDS is, at it’s core, the next iteration of the mainstream consumer vehicle that the LEAF is in the EV market today — but perhaps 10 years into the future. Version 2 will include more advanced features, such as multiple-lane piloted drive that can change lanes on highways by 2018 with a stretch vision for 2020, including full management of urban environments including intersections all by itself. The final step in Nissan’s autonomous agenda is to release a new technology by 2020, one that will allow vehicles to successfully drive themselves in city roads, including intersections.The first tests will begin in Japan, with Nissan saying that overseas development drives are also on schedule in the near future. The car maker though stated they are adopting a different line of thought for its regular road going cars that for sure will have a higher degree of autonomy built into them. Nissan holds its unified vision for human+vehicle interactions very near and dear to its hearts and sees EVs and autopilot working together as part of a unified Nissan vision.

While PD is fully automated, safety features while in manual mode were also highlighted, indicating that the car maintains awareness and the ability to intervene even when in manual mode. 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. This laser scanner determines the distance between the vehicle and its surroundings through the use of precise three-dimensional measurement, which enables the vehicle to navigate itself through the tightest spaces.

The other component is an 8-way, 360-degree view camera system that helps the autonomous pilot to make accurate routing decisions when driving through intersections and winding roads. The more manufacturers that start integrating these intelligent driving features into their cars, the better, as that will drive faster improvements in the technology, lower costs, and ultimately, safer roads for all of us.

Referring to self-driving cars, Liam Pedersen of the Nissan Research Center in the Silicon Valley said, “the technological capability to do this is advancing extremely rapidly.” Mr. Both of them are fitted on Nissan’s autonomous prototype in order to get them ready for production. “We at Nissan are setting clear goals and preparing for the implementation of piloted drive,” said senior vice president of Nissan, Takao Asami. “The prototype that we’re introducing here today is proof of how close we are towards the realization of this goal. Ghosn reinforced this as well, stating that Nissan is, at its core, an innovator, a technology powerhouse that is bringing its years of expertise to bear on this defining moment in transportation history. Check out the video below for a more fleshed out interpretation of how the concept fits into the life of the rich and famous, zooming around to lunch dates and performances… just for fun. He feels Nissan is uniquely positioned to deliver in more substantial ways than the other automakers — specifically because it was the first to bring a mass-market zero emissions vehicle to the market.

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. This car really wants to be your friend and could most accurately be described as the personality of Jarvis from Iron Man, Siri on those i-devices, or Cortana (for the 4 people out there with Windows phones). And there is Nissan’s Safety Shield – comprising a 360-degree around-view monitor, blind spot and lane departure warning, and moving object detection. I would expect it to be fully integrated to all my intimate details of work, play, finance, and the like, and maybe even fold the laundry (hey, a guy can dream). The concept video is chalk full of features and even seems to have a supersplendulous windscreen and very thin a-pillars to further accentuate the viewing angles and maximize the panoramic views for the driver.

It seems like this would make driving more social, though the majority of driving in the US takes place with only 1 person in the car, making it difficult to be social regardless of the context. All of this cool tech is wrapped in a very sporty exterior that looks like a cross between the diminutive Lexus CT200h with it’s short but sporty stance and the Chevy Bolt concept with it’s full glass ceiling and futuristic lighting enclosures.

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