The 2020 Nissan Patrol has been revealed and it certainly looks impressive with a new look, more features and a two-screen infotainment display. Nissan’s flagship SUV highlights a stylish and chiselled appearance combined with “enhanced luxury features” for a safer, more comfortable ride.
The Nissan IMk a small, snazzy box on wheels, inspired by an ancient Japanese art form and driven by a new design philosophy.
Concept cars are created without the constraints of the market. They don’t have to be practical or competitively priced. They are the blank canvases that allow designers and engineers to create for the sake of creation. Art in other words.
For many, playing golf is a way to relax and challenge yourself but now, it’s being used for something a little off the beaten track. In an effort to show off the latest autonomous driving technology, the Nissan ProPilot 2.0 has been applied to a golf ball in a fun demonstration. Their latest driving assist technology helps the ball find the cup every time no matter what.
Nissan ProPilot 2.0 keeps an eye on you to make sure you are keeping an eye on the road, even when your hands are not on the wheel. Nissan’s new system is autonomous vehicle Level 2, which requires that you remain alert and able to take over if the self-driving can suddenly not cope.
It happens far too often, and when it does, it is news. A child left in a parked car in the sun. Sometimes the child is spotted and rescued in time, and sometimes not. When it is criminal negligence, you can punish the parent. Blissful ignorance can be mitigated by pointing out the facts. But what do you do when a distracted parent simply forgets?
Enter Elsa Foley, an engineer, and program manager at Nissan USA, and a mother of two. She and her colleagues proposed and devised a simple, yet effective, system to help prevent these tragedies.
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.