Nissan Preparing Autonomous Tech for Luxury Market
Nissan may soon be the next guest to arrive with its own take on semi- and fully autonomous driving, but the Leaf won’t be the one to carry the torch.
Though Nissan’s Intelligent Driving autonomous concept from this year’s Tokyo Auto Show resembles a future-forward Leaf, and while the automaker is using Leafs to test its form of semi- and fully autonomous driving, Green Car Reports says the first version of Nissan’s Piloted Driving will appear in a luxury model when the rollout begins next year in Japan.
For markets such as China and the United States, an Infiniti may be the first to bring the tech over to each country’s respective shores.
The reasoning for not bringing the tech to the Leaf is the tech’s expense: the low-cost EV is attractive to buyers because of said low cost of admission. Were Piloted Driving to be added, the attraction would disappear, much to Nissan’s chagrin.
Additionally, the automaker wants to make as much money back on the R&D as possible, with consumers in Japan and China more than willing to pay the big bucks to ride the silver future of autonomous driving.
Regarding Piloted Driving 1.0, CEO Carlos Ghosn says the tech is meant for highway use, allowing the car to maintain speed and distance, as well as keep within its chosen lane. PD 2.0 will go head-to-head with Tesla’s Autopilot in 2018, and PD 3.0 — fully autonomous driving and city travel — would be offered in a vehicle sometime after 2020.
Though PD 2.0 could go right now, senior advanced R&D vice president Takeo Asami says it would have to be vetted internally through engineers and lawyers first, then go through an extensive field test to accumulate data prior to being given the green light by the automaker.
Let's eavsdrop on a Nissan engineering meeting.... "Welcome fellow engineers. Thank you for attending this emergency meeting. We're having trouble selling our cars. Anyone have any idea how we can boost sales?" Raised hand... "I do. We need to redesign everything. Everything we sell is ugly." "Not practical. Too costly and we're proud of our designs. Anyone else?" "I know, let's make them drive themselves. People won't care what they look like if they can drive themselves." "Yes... I see your point. Have you guys seen any of these self-driving cars? There's no styling whatsoever. Our products will be the most awesome looking thing in that market. Good job. Let's get to work in it. Meeting adjourned."
Inside Looking Out on Nov 12, 2015
Do not forget that all those autonomous cars from various automakers are waste of money. The day will come when Apple iCar will make all this cars obsolete next day. I would better wait until Apple comes with its iCar and then just copy iCar. Samsung agrees with me. Lesson with wearables tought Samsung hard lesson - never come with new technology before Apple shows the true way.
Latest Car ReviewsRead more
Latest Product ReviewsRead more
- Snickel Fritz I just bought a '97 JX 4WD 4AT, and though it's not quite roadworthy yet I am already in awe of it's simplicity and apparent ruggedness. What I am equally in awe of, is the scarcity of not only parts but correct information regarding anything on this platform. I'm going to do my best to get this little donkey back on it's feet, but I wouldn't suggest this as a project vehicle for anyone who doesn't already have several... and a big impressive shop with a full suite of fabrication/machining/welding equipment, and friends with complimentary skillsets, and extra money, and... you get the idea. If you don't, I urge you to read up on the options for replacing anything on these rigs. I didn't read enough before buying, and I have zero of the above suggested prerequisites... so I'm an idiot, don't listen to me. Go buy all of 'em!
- Bryan Raab Davis I actually did use the P of D trope, but it was only gentle chiding, for I love old British cars of every sort.
- ScarecrowRepair The 1907 Panic had several causes of increased demand for money:[list][*]The semi-annual shift of money between farms and cities (to buy for planting and selling harvests)[/*][*]Britain and Germany borrowing for their naval arms race[/*][*]San Francisco reconstruction borrowing after the 1906 earthquake and fire[/*][/list]Two things made it worse:[list][*]Idiotic bans on branch banking, which prevented urban, rural, and other state branches from shifting funds to match demands. This same problem made the Great Depression far worse. Canada, which allowed branch banking, had no bank failures; the US had 9000 failures.[/*][*]Idiotic reserve requirements left over from the Civil War which prevented banks from loaning money; they eventually started honoring IOUs illegally and started the recovery.[/*][/list]Been a while since I read up on it, so I may have some of the details wrong. But it was an amazing clusterfart which could have been avoided or at least tamed sooner if states and the feds hadn't been so ham handed.
- FreedMike Maybe this explains all the “Idiots wrecking exotic cars” YouTube videos.
- FreedMike Good article! And I salute the author for not using the classic “Lucas - prince of darkness” trope, well earned as it may be. We all know the rap on BL cars, but on the flip side, they’re apparently pretty easy to work on (at least that’s the impression I’ve picked up). On the other hand, check the panel fits on the driver’s and passenger’s doors. Clearly, BL wasn’t much concerned with things like structural integrity when it chopped the roof off a car designed as a coupe.