Electric Vehicles

Nissan Shows Autonomous EV Concept in Detroit

January 11, 2016

Photo courtesy of Nissan.
Photo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan's IDS Concept, an autonomous and zero emission series of EVs that features two different modes of driving, made its first U.S. appearance at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The first mode, Manual Drive, allows the driver to be in control; however, the vehicle will provide assistance. In the event of imminent danger, the vehicle will help the driver take evasive action. The vehicle will reportedly be able to adapt to various traffic conditions and the driver's schedule and personal interests.

The company stated that even when the driver selects Piloted Drive, the second mode, and turns over driving to the vehicle, the car's performance — from accelerating to braking to cornering — imitates the driver's own style and preferences.

The model will feature two different types of interiors depending on whether the driver opts for Piloted Drive or Manual Drive.

In Piloted Drive mode, the steering wheel recedes into the center of the instrument panel and a large flat screen emerges. Various driving-related operations are handled by AI, voice, and gestures from the driver. All four seats rotate slightly inward, facilitating easier conversation.

When the driver selects Manual Drive, the interior transforms. All seats face forward. The steering wheel appears along with driving meters and a heads-up display that shows route and other driving information. Nissan's use of hollow-structure A-pillars helps ensure visibility by reducing blind spots.

The vehicle is fitted with a high-capacity 60 kWh battery, and its aerodynamics, low stance, and reduced weight are expected to increase the distance one will be able to travel on a single charge. Other technologies on the Nissan IDS Concept include Piloted Park that can be operated by smartphone or tablet, and wireless charging technologies.

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