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 motoring future looks incredibly exciting with autonomous driving functionality, advanced safety, and electrification. It has become somewhat of a playground for big brands throughout the industry and the trend is likely to continue. So what is Nissan Intelligent Mobility and how does it fit into the bigger picture?
Nissan has already equipped many of their vehicles with technologies that monitor situations and, in some cases, even take control to keep you safe. ProPILOT is Nissan’s take on autonomous driving and, without a doubt, one of the top systems currently on the market. The technology can control steering, acceleration and even braking, giving customers a safer and more intelligent vehicle without paying exorbitant amounts.
Activating ProPILOT lets your car automatically follow the vehicle ahead at a set distance while keeping you in your lane, even around small bends. The system can also bring your car to a full stop based on the flow of traffic and then speed up when traffic moves again. Parking becomes a breeze as ProPILOT takes complete control of the car to park it in a number of situations. This includes steering, braking, accelerating and changing gears.
As part of Nissan’s Intelligent Driving features, their Intelligent Emergency Braking adds unparalleled safety, minimising any risk of collision and reducing impact should an unavoidable accident occur. The Japanese automaker has always delivered impressive tech and the ProPILOT system is at the heart of their Intelligent Mobility programme.
Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM) and V2H Technology
Nissan developed their Seamless Autonomous Mobility system with NASA to maximise the potential of fully autonomous mobility. It combines with in-vehicle artificial intelligence (AI) and remote human support to assist self-driving cars to make better decisions in unpredictable situations.
It also collects data from all vehicles and uploads the information into the Cloud, expanding the knowledge of in-vehicle AI. As events unfold, other autonomous vehicles in the area also communicate with SAM which means the system continuously learns and shares any and all new information. Once the Mobility Manager finds a solution, it is sent to other vehicles.
Nissan also offers technology for extra convenience. Their cutting-edge vehicle-to-home tech (V2H) is a prime example as it allows electricity from its vehicles to act as backup energy. This is particularly useful in the event of power cuts or alleviating the high energy demand on the grid during peak hours. Considering the unstable grid in many parts of the world, perhaps electric vehicles could help more than we realise.
Nissan’s Electric Vehicle Technology
Nissan has been at the forefront of electric vehicle technology for some time with the Nissan Leaf hatchback and e-NV200 van available internationally. Both vehicles offer a competitive range and fast charging features at a reasonable price.
While electric vehicles are not prevalent yet in South Africa, it is only a matter of time. In fact, there are mutterings about a new Nissan Leaf possibly launching in 2019. Early reports suggest that it could feature an electric motor developing 110 kW and 320 Nm of torque with a 40 kWh Lithium-ion battery. The estimated range is an impressive 400 km and rechargeable in 8 hours using a 6 kW outlet. Alternatively, a 3 kW outlet will charge the Nissan Leaf in 16. Once fast charging becomes available, it will greatly reduce charging times where an 80% charge will only take approximately 40 minutes.
The Nissan Leaf is certainly a car for the future and if you want to be a part of the electric revolution, a Nissan EV is a great place to start. If you’re looking to go electric, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page to stay up to date with any breaking news.