Autonomous driving is great because nothing can go wrong – go wrong – go wrong. A couple of recent high-profile fatal accidents involving this technology have cast shadows on the work done by the likes of Tesla and Uber.
Designing cars in the traditional sense typically starts with a person at a desk sketching a two-dimensional car design which is then brought to life using full-size clay models. While this has been the ‘go-to’ method for most manufacturers, Nissan wants to find a less labour intensive and a more high-tech solution. Now, Nissan designers are now trying their hand at using HaptX VR gloves to create 3D models without clay.
A recent Nikkei report states that Google’s self-driving car company, Waymo is about to close a deal with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance for bringing autonomous taxis to Japan’s busy streets. While Japan has strict limitations on ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, taxi numbers are growing and a very popular mode of transport in Tokyo and other Japanese cities.
At last, the Nissan LEAF e+ has been announced featuring improved battery technology resulting in a power boost and longer range. This is the next-generation of 100% electric cars that could top the charts once again, especially considering what’s on offer. Nissan’s design team has certainly done their due diligence despite competing against the Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt. They’ve incorporated several upgrades into the new model that will appeal even more to the eco-conscious motorist of today.
At the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan introduced their new ‘Nissan Energy’ program. The aim of the concept is to make electric vehicles even more useful to its owner. They plan on introducing new convenient ways to utilise the batteries’ ability to store and share energy by connecting electric cars with homes, businesses and power grids. Additionally, Nissan also wants to develop systems for recovering old batteries so they can be recycled and reused.
For many, Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM) is seen as the future of motoring and for good reason. While many large car manufacturers apply advanced technology to their vehicles, some simply do it a little better without making the customer foot a hefty bill. With a focus on their Intelligent Mobility, Nissan is certainly a frontrunner able to deliver exceptional technology without demanding premium prices, unlike many of their rivals.
The Johan Cruijff Arena, a prominent international, multi-purpose stadium in Amsterdam, was recently awarded the coveted Eco Award at the prestigious T3 Awards. T3 is one of the foremost lifestyle publications in the UK, and their annual awards seek to showcase trendsetting consumer goods and destinations that are allowing UK citizens to live a smarter, more sustainable life.
Nissan have made a name for themselves as the pioneers of the robotic frontier in their industry. With previous articles exploring door-slamming robots and superspeed mini-car washes, it was high time for an update. This time, the self-driving slippers and self-queueing chairs also take a (figurative) hand. By incorporating its ProPILOT technology, Nissan have created a robot that literally draws the line at soccer.
As far as clever marketing ideas go, self-driving slippers must rank among the top. In an effort to showcase their semi-autonomous driving technology, Nissan took it a step further and developed autonomous footwear. The self-driving slippers function in a similar way to Nissan’s battery-powered electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf which won Best Innovation at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.