Nissan has unveiled its “Intelligent Mobility” vision this week, with the goal of zero vehicle emissions and zero road fatalities set firmly in its sights.
Showcasing the vision in the above video, Nissan foresees the fuel station of the future as not being a fuel station at all.
Using a network of smart cars, smart streets, smart offices and smart houses, autonomous electric vehicles (EVs) can be charged, parked and even used as a power source whilst generating zero emissions.
Nissan says there are three areas of innovation at the core of the Intelligent Mobility vision:
- Nissan Intelligent Driving - creating more driver confidence, spearheaded by Nissan’s ‘Piloted Drive’ autonomous drive technology
- Nissan Intelligent Power - more power with more efficiency, spearheaded by electric vehicles (EV).
- Nissan Intelligent Integration - new links between vehicles and society
Nissan CEO, Carlos Ghosn, said at the Geneva motor show unveiling that the company aims to have its autonomous driver technologies available in its range as early as 2020, leading into a “new era of mobility”.
“Our Intelligent Mobility vision is a framework to move customers around the world towards a safer and more sustainable future,” he said.
“It has also driven our development of cutting-edge autonomous drive technologies, which will be available in a range of mass production models by 2020.”
Nissan Intelligent Driving
The first area in Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision focuses on performance, comfort and safety, minimising the risk of unsafe conditions and removing the stress from a daily commute.
While several of Nissan’s ‘Safety Shield’ technologies are already available such as Lane Departure Warning and Forward Emergency Braking, the company plans to make advances into autonomous technologies and make them available to all customers across its core model range.
Over the next four years, Nissan will launch multiple vehicles equipped with autonomous drive in Europe, the United States, Japan and China.
The new technology will be installed on its mainstream models, with the first model to debut the technology coming to Japan later this year.
The Qashqai SUV will be the first Piloted Drive vehicle to be available in Europe when Nissan debuts the technology in the popular small SUV next year.
Daniele Schillaci, the Executive Vice President, Global Marketing and Sales at Nissan said that the Piloted Drive technology has been a long time coming for the manufacturer.
“Autonomous technologies have been part of our R&D activities for a long time,” said Schillaci.
“We’ve done extensive and ongoing on-road testing since 2013.”
“This verified the integrity and versatility of Nissan’s Piloted Drive engineering in real world scenarios,” he added.
Nissan Intelligent Power
With the exception of Tesla, most mass-production EVs are generally associated with lack of driver enjoyment and a limited driving range.
Nissan believes that this perception can be overcome with its IDS concept, which made its European premiere at the Geneva motor show.
Fitted with a 60kWh battery, the IDS concept allows for up to 550 kilometres of driverless travel.
For an incredible driving experience in the EV autonomous era, Nissan believes that quiet, yet powerful acceleration with an increased range is key.
Nissan Intelligent Integration
The networking of cars, individuals, social infrastructure and the building of essential charging infrastructure are significant elements of Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility Vision.
The company aims to connect cars to infrastructure such as road, information and electric power networks to aid in the reduction of traffic jams, more efficient car sharing and remote vehicle operation.
Nissan has installed over 10,500 quick chargers globally, while continuing to work with partners in Europe to install quick chargers that can be used by all EVs - not just Nissan drivers.
Schillaci said at the unveiling that the company’s vision for a connected network of autonomous EVs and infrastructure will help to reduce emissions and fatalities on the road.
“Intelligent Integration joins together Nissan’s Power and Driving initiatives with a society,” said Schillaci.
“It is an important step towards our goals of zero emissions and zero fatalities.”
“We must work with regulatory agencies to create and adapt motor vehicle laws, standards and policies to support autonomous drive,” he added.
While no indication was given as to when we might see technologies like these available here in Australia, Nissan has demonstrated its commitment to making its autonomous and EV technology available to the public in the not-too-distant future.