Nissan PIVO 3 Concept - 2011 Tokyo Auto Show
A one-off exercise with very real production possibilities, the Nissan PIVO 3 represents a package the automaker envisions as "a more 'realistic' EV of the near future," perhaps as early as 2016-2017. Aimed at singles and couples living in and enjoying an urban lifestyle, this ultra-compact, semi-autonomous city commuter matches its super-clean operating system with a megaload of intelligent technology intended to make things easier and less-stressful for it owners.
Offering 1+2 seating with a center-mounted steering wheel in a cabin trimmed in "Snow White" and "EV Blue," the Nissan PIVO 3 Concept is powered by high-efficiency in-wheel motors and features a four-wheel steering system that allows it to make a U-turn in a little over 13 feet. An Automated Valet Parking (AVP) capability lets the PIVO 3 head off to deposit itself in specially-equipped lots, where it can also be programmed to either recharge its battery pack or sell electricity back to the grid, as conditions warrant. When it's time to leave, the car returns to its designated rendezvous point in response to a summons from the owner's smartphone. The PIVO 3 also is fitted with a Robotic Agent Interface. A feature culled from the PIVO 2, RAI allows this nascent Nissan to act like a personal assistant, always connected using cloud computing resources and ever ready to provide the driver with a variety of relevant information in a direct, easy-to-access manner.