Nissan Outlines Intelligent Mobility Plan
Establishing goals to move to zero emissions and zero fatalities on the highway, Nissan doled out new details regarding its wide-ranging Intelligent Mobility program in Geneva. The automaker’s multi-faceted effort revolves around three pillars – 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.
The automaker said it would introduce “multiple” vehicles with autonomous technology on mainstream, mass-market cars in China, Europe, Japan and the U.S., with the first going on sale in Japan later this year. Following on-road demos in Europe during 2016, it will offer a Piloted Drive package there in 2017 as well, on a version of the Nissan Qashqai SUV. Daniele Schillaci, executive vice president, Global Marketing and Sales at Nissan notes the company’s Piloted Drive tech has successfully undergone extensive real-world testing since 2013, characterizing it as a benefit that can make operating a vehicle more enjoyable and less stressful.
The company’s Intelligent Power efforts are largely focused on exploring clean electric forms. The main emphasis is on extending range and performance of its next-gen vehicles by improving the energy density and efficiency of batteries along with facilitating shorter charging times. With an advanced 60kWh battery pack that gives it a 342-mile range between plug-ins, the Nissan IDS Concept offers a tangible example of what lies ahead. In addition to increasing battery power, the company also plans to examine other super-green alternatives, notably fuel cells, as well as to continue enhancing performance of its conventional drivetrains by using more downsized turbocharged internal combustion engines and X-Tronic CVT transmissions.
To leverage the real-world impact of its first two Intelligent Mobility essentials, Nissan is undertaking an Intelligent Integration effort that will boost acceptance by aggressively networking vehicles, people and infrastructure -- both real and social. It plans to push for greater levels of in-car connectivity as well as actively support a focused expansion of EV charging networks across Europe, America, Mexico and Japan. “To achieve this important goal, we require a wider commitment by automakers,” said Schillaci, who added: “We must work with regulatory agencies to create and adapt motor vehicle laws, standards and policies to support autonomous drive.”
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