Tokyo Motor Show 2015: Nissan's IDS Concept Will Show You The Best Cornering Lines, Then Drive Them For You (Video)

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole
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Nissan unveiled its next Leaf IDS Concept, a semi-autonomous EV complete with a glimpse of Nissan’s coming “Intelligent Drive” features that may be equipped on some of its cars by the end of the decade.

The IDS Concept boasts an autonomous piloted driving mode for conversationalists (the seats rotate inward to invite dialogue!) a movable dash with “Minority Report” pre-cog abilities (probably) and a submarine-style style steering wheel.

But those aren’t the best concept-ish features.

The IDS Concept communicates with a friendly dot-matrix-style display to share your status with the outside world because Facebook was so 2012. The car will also signal to nearby pedestrians when it has detected them, and when it’s safe to walk in front of the car.

And, according to Nissan, the IDS Concept’s heads up display will show drivers an ideal line through a corner to enhance drivability — and then take it by itself because you’re on autopilot and too busy to be disrupted from Twitter.

Aside from the gee-whiz stuff, the IDS Concept could serve as a future base for the next-generation Leaf and sport technology applicable to the near future. That Leaf, which made its debut in 2009, is getting a little long in the tooth and should be updated before the end of the decade.

According to the automaker, the IDS Concept boasts a 60 kWh battery, which is significantly larger than the Leaf’s current 24 kWh unit.

The IDS Concept also sports active autonomous safety features and “will assist the driver in taking evasive action” if necessary.

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  • Wmba Wmba on Oct 28, 2015

    It's going to be fun in a couple of years when a dozen different versions of autonomous driving software hit the market. Contributor mcs here has already dissed Volvo's attempts, the new Tesla "upgrade" seems weak. They'll all be heading wildly off in different directions while all claiming they have the only decent solution. Turn round for a chat with the passengers, and how do the airbags and seatbelts work when the dope in a 12 year-old F150 eating a McDonalds breakfast "sandwich" hits you while guzzling cawfee? Hmm? Oh, there's an update for that?

    • Mcs Mcs on Oct 29, 2015

      >> Turn round for a chat with the passengers, and how do the airbags and seatbelts work when the dope in a 12 year-old F150 eating a McDonalds breakfast “sandwich” hits you while guzzling cawfee? ... or how about when it mistakes a bull moose in rut trotting down the road for a cyclist and tries to pass it slowly at close quarters!

  • Nrd515 Nrd515 on Oct 29, 2015

    Is there an "Not butt-ugly" option someplace? Actually butt-ugly would be an improvement.

  • Tassos The EQS is the best looking BEV, better than even the only Tesla I would ever consider (the S) and more luxurious inside etc etcThe self driving features will come in handy when I'm 110 and my eyesight and reaction times start to suffer.But that's four decades away, and only Tim recommends 40 year old "used cars"
  • Tassos "Baby, Baby light my fire!""Oh God please give me a Kia Forte" --Janis Joplin
  • Tassos The fugly looks of any Subaru, and especially the non-sporty non-elegant, fugly, low-rent looks and interior of the WRX are alone a sufficient turnoff to never want to own one.One can be a 100% car enthusiast but ALSO demand a beautiful AND luxurious vehicle one can be truly proud of and which makes one very happy every time one drives it.The above is obviously totally foreign to Subaru Designers and managers.
  • Thehyundaigarage Am I the only one that sees a Peugeot 508?
  • Lou_BC I realized it wasn't EV's burning by the absence of the usual suspects.