With you the Nissan IDS Concept. This is the electric future of Nissan, technological, spectacular, oh self! And although the japanese brand not to mention in no time, you will not be the slightest doubt that this is the line to be followed by the next generation of Nissan Leaf, to be launched sometime in 2017. Nissan speaks to us of design, efficiency, aerodynamics, connectivity, and even security, gambling – as do Volvo’s recently – by ending with the deaths due to traffic accidents from the hand of the autonomous vehicle and advanced driver assistance.
1. Design. With the Leaf, Nissan took a course very daring. Unlike most manufacturers, who chose initially to install electric motors on platforms already amortized, in models that also could be purchased with a heat engine, Nissan decided that the Leaf had to be a model only and exclusively electric.
IDS Concept advocates that a design differentiated, by the aggressiveness and the exoticism of the strokes of design japanese, by a body compact, but aggressive. This design will be the basis of some of their releases in the near future, details such as the silhouette of your optical groups, or your front grill sharp. Although a priori, nor the Nissan Leaf, or any other model of Nissan, will be exactly like this prototype.
2. outdoor lighting as a more advanced method of communication. With the position lights, the driver interacts with other drivers, indicating where to turn. Nissan wanted to go further in this idea of communication, making the entire body was criss-crossed by a line LED that according to Nissan will light up blue in normal conditions and that, in the case of a cyclist or a pedestrian is near light up in white to make it known to these that the car is aware of your position at that time in that is running in stand-alone mode.
there is Still more, after the dashboard (see image below) there is a projector of images and messages that are only seen from the outside when we look at the front of the car. In this projection the pedestrians will see messages such as “After you”, to give the priority of passage in places such as a crosswalk. Perhaps to avoid that the autonomous cars enloquezcan, as happened recently with the Google Car.
3. electricity is the future. Nissan would have opted for an electric motor. In fact, this prototype equiparía the new generation of electric motors that will be introduced in the Nissan range in the coming years, which includes improved technology in motors, batteries, and transformers. The Nissan IDS Concept would use batteries with energy capacity of 60 kWh, that is to say, the double of capacity than those used in the updated Nissan Leaf, which reaches 250 km of autonomy.
4. Efficiency and aerodynamics. Nissan would also have opted for the improvement of aerodynamic and weight reduction. The body of this prototype is carbon fiber, and their height, of only 1,38 meters, would help to optimize its aerodynamic performance. Think that is only 6 inches taller than a 370Z and 14 centimeters lower than a Nissan Pulsar.
would Also use tires very narrow, about 175 millimeters of width, and wheels keeled. Among other solutions aerodynamic.
aerodynamics and weight reduction, even more in an electric, it is important to maximize the energy performance. A car more aerodynamic, lighter, and more efficient, will make more miles with a single recharge. Which is essential in an electric car.
5. The autonomous car as a security guarantee. Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO Nissan, ensures that we will see standalone solutions very advanced in different models of Nissan that will arrive in dealers by 2020. An obsession that goes beyond to ensure that we can move with convenience, without the need of driving. The great challenge of the autonomous car is to end up with 90% of the accidents, according to statistics, are due to human error.
6. The latest in entertainment systems. Nissan is also betting on a complete transformation of the dashboard of a car, up to the point at which – an autonomous car, while you do not need a driver – the steering wheel could be replaced by a touch interface that also attends to our voice commands. And the dashboard could be transformed into a vast high-resolution screen in which you see the route to our destination, our agenda for the day, or choose the song that we will listen to until we get out of the car.
In any case, Nissan would have also opted for a design dual, which allows us to eliminate the controls in stand-alone mode, but at the same time deploying these controls in the case that you want to lead. Surprising especially how they had transformed the steering wheel in a system of controls worthy of a plane… or a space ship.
To what extent will the next Nissan Leaf the advances presented by this prototype? It is possible that we may know very soon…