Nissan Announces ‘Nissan Intelligent Mobility’ Vision,
Building on Company Leadership in Electrification, Vehicle Intelligence
On-Road Technology Demos in 2016, with Piloted Drive Model Available in Europe in 2017
Pursuing a goal of zero emission vehicles and zero fatalities on the road, Nissan today unveiled its 'Intelligent Mobility' vision at the Geneva International Motor Show. Intelligent Mobility was created to guide Nissan's product evolution, and will anchor critical company decisions on how cars are powered, driven, and integrated into society, all the while remaining focused on creating more enjoyable driving experiences.
"Our Intelligent Mobility vision is a framework to move customers around the world toward a safer and more sustainable future," said CEO Carlos Ghosn. "To realize this vision, Nissan has launched a long-term strategy that builds on our standing as an innovation pioneer and leader of the global EV segment. We are making significant investments to take our zero-emission and zero-fatalities activities to the next level, and to fulfill our commitment to be ready to deliver a range of autonomous drive vehicles by 2020. These steps will enable Nissan to bring the benefits of cutting-edge innovations to customers around the world and, ultimately, to lead the way toward a new era of mobility."
At the core of Nissan Intelligent Mobility are three spokes of innovation:
- Nissan Intelligent Driving – more driver confidence, spearheaded by Nissan's autonomous drive technology and Piloted Drive
- Nissan Intelligent Power – more efficiency, more power, spearheaded by electric vehicles
- Nissan Intelligent Integration – new links between vehicles and society
Each area represents cutting-edge technological advances by Nissan – safety innovations via autonomous technology, such as high-stability control and high-reliability drive systems; high-efficiency powertrains, including alternative and conventional fuel engines with advanced transmissions; and, energy-management solutions.
Beyond the technical specifications, Nissan is also focusing on the driver and passenger experience with Intelligent Mobility and bringing those experiences to consumers now. All told, it's a story of how Nissan is making driving more personal, empowering and exhilarating.
Nissan Intelligent Driving
Nissan's Intelligent Driving is centered on performance, comfort and safety, removing stress from a daily commute and minimizing risk in unsafe conditions. Many such advances are already available, and drivers can rely Nissan vehicles to recognize dangers or take appropriate action to enhance safety. Nissan is leading with its 'Safety Shield' technologies, such as 'Lane departure warning/prevention', 'Forward emergency braking', and will advance this leadership into autonomous drive technologies that will be available to all customers on core models in the range.
Nissan will launch multiple vehicles with autonomous drive technology in the next four years in Europe, the United States, Japan and China. The technology will be installed on mainstream, mass-market cars at affordable prices, and the first model will come to Japan this year. An on-road demo event in Europe this year will showcase the maturity of Nissan's autonomous drive technology. In 2017, the Nissan Qashqai will become the first 'Piloted Drive' vehicle available in Europe.
"Autonomous technologies have been part of our R&D activities for a long time, and we've conducted extensive and still ongoing road testing since 2013", said Daniele Schillaci, executive vice president, global marketing and sales at Nissan. "This verified the integrity and versatility of Nissan's Piloted Drive engineering in real-world scenarios. Our autonomous technology is an additive to the driving experience you have today, offering more enjoyable driving and less stress."
Nissan Intelligent Power
Nissan has been the leading automotive brand in electric vehicle technology and sales. Nissan believes that quiet, yet powerful, acceleration with an increased range is essential to ensure an incredible driving experience. Nissan is boosting EV battery energy density and performance, represented by the 60kwh battery and 550km autonomy (NEDC mode), in the Nissan IDS Concept, which is making its European premiere in Geneva. Nissan technologies also reduce charging time, and develop EV potential in other innovative ways. Alternate sources of on-board electric power, such as fuel cells, will further encourage energy diversity and renewable energy development. Also on the path of Intelligent Power is further improvement of the downsized turbo and X-TRONIC transmissions for both fuel efficiency and seamless response and acceleration.
"Nissan is exploring a wide range of energy sources for tomorrow's vehicles, and we recognize our role in continuously investing in multiple technologies," said Schillaci. "Nissan LEAF electric vehicles have now driven over 2.1 billion kilometers by highly-satisfied customers, proving our capabilities in terms of electric vehicles and in terms of our ability to introduce advanced, intelligent technologies"
Nissan Intelligent Integration
How does an automaker create new benefits to society, and contribute to cleaner air, a greener planet and traffic safety? The answer is the networking of cars, individuals and social infrastructure, as well as contributing towards the building of an essential charging infrastructure.
Nissan will help connect cars to social infrastructure, such as road, information and electric power grids that will eventually lead to fewer traffic jams, more efficient car-sharing, remote vehicle operation, and improved energy management.
Nissan also continues to support expanding EV charging networks across Europe, the US, Mexico and Japan. To date over 10,000 quick chargers have been installed globally. In Europe, Nissan is working with partners to increase the number of quick chargers for all EVs, helping to grow the entire market and bringing convenience and confidence to the European EV drivers, not just Nissan drivers.
Ubiquitous connectivity is an expectation of car consumers as an extension of their work and personal devices. Technology trends are everywhere with mobility and the "bring your own device" phenomenon extending to vehicles. Nissan is committed to enabling vehicles to be part of that connected ecosystem.
"Intelligent Integration joins together Nissan's Power and Driving initiatives with society," said Schillaci. "Intelligent Mobility not only makes driving more enjoyable, but it is an important step towards our goals of 'zero emissions and zero fatalities'. To achieve this important goal we require a wider commitment by automakers. We must work with regulatory agencies to create and adapt motor vehicle laws, standards, and policies to support autonomous drive."
Nissan's Intelligent Mobility technologies are available today in the form of safety-shield, camera technologies and EV vehicles. Nissan will make Piloted Drive vehicles available this year in Japan, and in Europe in 2017. As Nissan looks toward a future of car-sharing, integrated traffic management systems, and wireless charging networks, the full vision of Intelligent Mobility becomes clear.