Staking a claim for greater relevance in the self-driving sweepstakes that has engulfed the auto industry, Nissan this week laid out its vision for intelligent mobility at the Geneva Motor Show.
The goal is to integrate piloted driving solutions with its pioneering electric car efforts as well as with a broader integration of both approaches into the transportation infrastructure. In short, customers should have the option of when they want to do the driving—and when they want cars to do the driving.
Nissan led the move toward mainstream all-electric vehicles with its introduction of Leaf in 2010. And while the automaker that includes Renault as well as the Infiniti luxury brand is taking a long-term approach to automated driving, there is room to establish an approach that is both proprietary in some aspects and integrated with the general flow of the industry in others.
“Our Intelligent Mobility vision is a framework to move customers around the world towards a safer and more sustainable future,” CEO Carlos Ghosn said in introducing the Nissan paradigm at the Geneva International Motor Show. “To realize this vision, Nissan has launched a long-term strategy, supported by significant R&D investments.”
Nissan’s intelligent mobility platform includes three prongs: Intelligent Driving, Intelligent Power and Intelligent Integration. All of these are embodied in the Nissan IDS Concept car that was unveiled last year in Tokyo and shown again at Geneva.
By leveraging Nissan’s advances in intelligent driving and investment in autonomous technology, as well as integrating its footprint in EVs, the resulting intelligent integration will help create “new links between vehicles and society,” according to a press release, around “social infrastructure such as road, information and electric power networks that will eventually lead to reduced traffic jams, more efficient car sharing, remote vehicle operation and improved energy management.”
In 2017, Nissan plans to introduce piloted driving and its advances in intelligent mobility with the European debut of the Nissan Qashqai, which will feature piloted driving capabilities such as being able to drive autonomously and safely in a single lane in heavy traffic conditions on highways, according to its press release.
In the next four years Nissan plans to launch multiple “mass-market, mainstream” vehicles in Europe, the US, Japan and China with a range of automated-driving technologies. The first will launch this year in Japan, where at the 2015 Tokyo auto show Nissan introduced its IDS concept vehicle with zero-emissions autonomous driving.
Many Nissan vehicles already provide assisted-driving features such as lane-departure warnings and forward emergency braking.
Ghosn anticipates a fully autonomous Nissan to be possible by 2020, about the same timeframe projected by several other automakers and digital-tech players such as Google. And he expects Nissan to add to its leadership in EVs in ways that will enhance the autonomous driving universe.
Nissan has been heavily involved in expanding EV-charging networks around the world and is developing ways to enhance the global infrastructure such as charging vehicles while they’re proceeding down a highway. As its “Fuel Station of the Future” (hint: it’s not just a fuel station but could be your home, your city, your street, your car) video above outlines:
Nissan reveals an exciting glimpse into the future—with the first look at its fully connected vision of the future of mobility in association with renowned architects, Foster + Partners.
The landmark partnership, between the manufacturers of the world’s best-selling 100 percent electric vehicle and the leading design studio, concluded that the fuel station of the future could actually be the car itself.
Illustrated in this stunning video, featuring the best-selling Nissan LEAF and futuristic IDS Concept, Nissan’s transformative vision explores how our way of living might change as technology develops.
The collaboration, which concludes a 12-month consultation, offers a snapshot of what’s to come from Nissan’s vision for Intelligent Mobility; a world in which cars interact with their environment as populations adopt zero emission Piloted Drive technologies.