As part of the unveiling of what it calls its “Intelligent Mobility” vision at the Geneva International Motor Show this month, Nissan announced that it intends to perform on-road technology demos of what it calls its Piloted Drive technologies in 2016, and plans to make available for sale in the form of refreshed a Qashqai model in 2017.
Intelligent Mobility will, it said, ‘anchor critical company decisions around how cars are powered, how cars are driven, and how cars integrate into society, all while staying focused on creating more enjoyable driving experiences’.
"Our Intelligent Mobility vision is a framework to move customers around the world towards a safer and more sustainable future,” said Carlos Ghosn, CEO.
Nissan Intelligent Mobility highlighted three areas of innovation:
Nissan Intelligent Driving – creating more driver confidence, spearheaded by Nissan’s autonomous drive technology, Piloted Drive
Nissan Intelligent Power – more efficiency, more power, spearheaded by electric vehicles (EV)
Nissan Intelligent Integration – new links between vehicles and society
Beyond the technical specifications, Nissan is focusing on the driver and passenger experience with Intelligent Mobility, making driving more personal, empowering and exhilarating.
Nissan Intelligent Driving
Nissan plans to launch multiple vehicles with autonomous drive technology in the next four years in Europe, the United States, Japan and China. The first model will come to Japan this year. An on-road demo event in Europe in 2016, and in 2017, the Nissan Qashqai will become the first Piloted Drive vehicle available in Europe.
“Autonomous technologies have been part of our R&D activities for a long time,” said Daniele Schillaci, executive vice president, Global Marketing and Sales at Nissan. “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. Our autonomous technology is additive to the driving experience you have today, offering more enjoyable driving and less stress.”
Produced at Nissan's flagship manufacturing plant in Sunderland, UK, the refreshed Qashqai will be equipped with "Piloted Drive 1.0," a feature that allows cars to drive autonomously and safely in a single lane in heavy traffic conditions on highways.
Nissan showcased two special versions of its best-selling crossovers, the Qashqai and X-Trail at Geneva.
The Qashqai Premium Concept features Piloted Drive 1.0 autonomous technology – the same technology that will be available on the Nissan Qashqai in Europe from 2017.
2016 is a milestone year for Nissan's manufacturing facilities, with the flagship Sunderland Plant celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Nissan Intelligent Power
Nissan has been the leading automotive brand in electric vehicle technology in sales. Nissan demonstrated its IDS Concept at Geneva a 60 kWh battery. Alternate sources of on-board electric power are proposed, such as fuel cells, to further encourage fuel diversity and renewable energy development, as well as downsized turbo and X-TRONIC transmissions.
Nissan Intelligent Integration
Nissan is also looking to connect cars to social infrastructure such as road, information and electric power networks, for reduced traffic jams, more efficient car sharing, remote vehicle operation and improved energy management.
It is also supporting charging infrastructure - to date over 10,500 quick chargers have been installed globally and in Europe. It says its is working with partners to increase quick chargers that can be used by all EVs, helping to grow the entire market and bringing convenience and confidence to the European EV drivers, not just Nissan drivers.
Nissan to work on changes vehicle laws, standards and policies
The company added that its version of Intelligent Mobility “does not only make driving more enjoyable, but it is an important step towards our goals of zero emissions and zero fatalities.” As part of this goal, it said it will “work with regulatory agencies to create and adapt motor vehicle laws, standards and policies to support autonomous drive.”