Nissan IDS concept is the autonomous driving vehicle with a high-capacity 60 kWh battery, full-carbon-fiber body, smart interior and other cool features.
11/9/15 4:00 am chumakdenis 1
It seems that self-driving cars are closer than we think.
Not so long time ago on YouTube was published a video report about Tesla’s Autopilot (results turned out to be quite promising) and now we have an autonomous driving vehicle from Nissan Motor Corporation (not production-ready version of the car, but still it’s cool as hell).
Let’s talk more about this lovely vehicle.
Nissan IDS concept
Nissan IDS concept embodies Nissan's vision of the future of autonomous driving and zero emission electric vehicles.
Presenting at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan president and CEO Carlos Ghosn said: "Nissan's forthcoming technologies will revolutionize the relationship between car and driver, and future mobility."
“After leading the development and expansion of EV technology, Nissan once again stands at the forefront of automotive technology. By integrating advanced vehicle control and safety technologies with cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI), Nissan is among the leaders developing practical, real-world applications of autonomous drive technology.”
“Nissan Intelligent Driving is Nissan's concept of autonomous drive technology and represents what Nissan believes next-generation vehicles should be.”
"Nissan Intelligent Driving improves a driver's ability to see, think and react. It compensates for human error, which causes more than 90 percent of all car accidents. As a result, time spent behind the wheel is safer, cleaner, more efficient and more fun.”
Well, after such a great talking we can be sure that Nissan Motor Corporation definitely put high expectations on this car.
But does the car is as good as it sounds?
Well, we can’t be so sure on that since we had no opportunity to try this beauty on the road, but 60 kWh battery--double what you get in a Leaf--already means something.
Also, the IDS concept has outstanding aerodynamics, low stance, full-carbon-fiber body, Piloted Park (can be operated by smartphone or tablet) and wireless charging technologies. Cool, huh?
Let’s talk about other aspects of the car.
Through innovative communication capabilities, the Nissan IDS Concept promotes confidence and a sense of harmony for those outside the car as well. Various exterior lights and displays convey to pedestrians and others the car's awareness of its surroundings and signals its intentions.
The car's side body line, for example, is actually an LED that Nissan calls the Intention Indicator. When pedestrians or cyclists are nearby, the strip shines white, signaling that the car is aware of them. Another electronic display, which faces outside from the instrument panel, can flash messages such as "After you" to pedestrians.
"A key point behind the Nissan IDS Concept is communication. For autonomous drive to become reality, as a society we have to consider not only communication between car and driver but also between cars and people. The Nissan IDS Concept's design embodies Nissan's vision of autonomous drive as expressed in the phrase together, we ride" - said Mitsunori Morita, Design Director.
The Nissan IDS Concept has different interiors depending on whether the driver opts for Piloted Drive or Manual Drive.
The interior itself is comprised of natural materials such as mesh leather and is illuminated by soft light.
Seats rotate slightly inward, facilitating easier conversation. It's like relaxing in a living room.
Even though it is a hatchback, the Nissan IDS Concept's long wheelbase enables comfortable seating space for four adults. Nonetheless, the cabin becomes even more spacious when the driver selects Piloted Drive. In this mode, the steering wheel recedes into the center of the instrument panel and a large flat screen comes out. Various driving-related operations are handled by AI, voice and gestures from the driver.
Manual drive mode
When the driver selects “Manual Drive” mode, the roomy interior transforms to put the driver in control. All seats face forward. The steering wheel, which takes styling cues from reins for horse riding, appears along with driving meters and a heads-up display that shows route and other driving information. Interior lighting switches to blue, stimulating the ability to concentrate.
"In every situation, it is about giving the driver more choices and greater control. And the driver will remain the focus of our technology development efforts" - Ghosn said at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.
The transformation to “Manual Drive” mode can be carried out with ease through a switch between the front seats called the PD Commander. This is the only control the driver can physically operate when the car is in Piloted Drive: when the driver is ready to take over driving, a physical action should initiate the change.
The Nissan IDS driving experience
Some have compared a future with autonomous drive to living in a world of conveyor belts that simply ferry people from point A to B, but the Nissan IDS Concept promises a very different vision of tomorrow. Even when the driver selects “Piloted Drive” mode and turns over driving to the vehicle, the car's performance -- from accelerating to braking to cornering -- imitates the driver's own style and preferences.
In “Manual Drive” mode, the driver has control. The linear acceleration and cornering are pure and exhilarating. Yet behind the scenes, the Nissan IDS Concept continues to provide assistance. Sensors continually monitor conditions and assistance is available even while the driver is in control. In the event of imminent danger, Nissan IDS Concept will assist the driver in taking evasive action.
In addition to learning, the Nissan IDS Concept's AI communicates like an attentive partner. From information concerning traffic conditions, the driver's schedule to personal interests, Nissan IDS Concept's AI has what is needed to help create a driving experience that is comfortable, enjoyable and safe.
Advanced aerodynamic performance
The height of the full carbon fiber body was constrained to 1,380 mm, sharply minimizing aerodynamic drag (Cd). Positioning the tires close to the corners of the body maximizes interior space while enabling a wrap-around cabin design. Nissan selected large-diameter wheels for high-performance and sportiness, but used very thin 175-size tires to minimize air and roll resistance. The wheels have a layered design suggestive of thin fins that create tiny vortexes of air flow on the wheel's surface. This design further contributes to smooth air flow.
The icicle pattern on the Nissan IDS Concept's grille symbolizes a pure and clean design — perfect for an electric vehicle. Shaped like a stack of ice blocks, the grille pattern appears transparent. The car's bluish satin silver body color heightens the impression of a comfortable and secure cabin space.
Design Director Mitsunori Morita says: "By the time Nissan Intelligent Driving technology is available on production cars, electric vehicles will be able to go great distances on a single charge. Getting to this point will, of course, require the further evolution of batteries, but aerodynamic performance is also very important. We incorporated our most advanced aerodynamic technology in the design of the Nissan IDS Concept."
Nissan's zero emissions targets
EVs produce no CO2 emissions and their batteries can store energy from renewable sources and turn it into electricity for homes and buildings. As the number of electric vehicles increases, entire communities will be able to harness their power as part of a sustainable energy plan. Then, as EVs come to play a central role in energy supply, we will come that much closer to becoming a zero-emission society.
Executive Vice President Hideyuki Sakamoto: "Our zero emission strategy centers on EVs. We are pursuing improved electric powertrain technologies, such as motors, batteries, and inverters, which will enable us to mass produce and market EVs that equal or surpass the convenience of gasoline-powered cars."
Nissan believes that the Nissan IDS Concept will evolve into a leading innovation for next generation mobility and our quest for making these "two zeroes" a reality.
Well, let’s hope it’ll be this way.
The more EVs, the less polluted our environment will be.
Good luck with this one.