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Nissan unveils the IDS concept; its vision of EVs and self-driving going forward [pictures and videos]

Nissan IDS ConceptNissan unveiled the IDS concept at a preview of the Tokyo Motor Show today. The company described the concept as the embodiment of its vision for electric vehicles and self-driving cars going forward. The concept is fitted with a 60 kWh battery pack, which represent exactly twice the energy of the biggest battery pack option for the Nissan’s flagship LEAF. Although the company didn’t confirm a range for the vehicle, if we consider the size of the battery pack combined with its aerodynamic design and full-carbon-fiber body, the IDS concept could achieve a range of around 200 miles on a single charge. Nissan didn’t put much emphasis on the concept’s electric drivetrain, but instead used the model to showcase its ‘Intelligent Driving’ technology.

Like almost every other car manufacturer, Nissan is heavily investing in self-driving technologies and aims at releasing a commercial version around 2020, which puts them in the middle of the pack.

The company differentiate itself from other showcased technologies by highlighting the possibility of switching from manual to self-driving mode easily. Self-driving mode, which Nissan calls ‘Piloted Drive’, will even imitate the driver’s own style of driving and preferences.

The concept really nails the interior transition from manual drive to self-driving as highlighted in this video:

The system also includes an AI co-pilot/assistant:

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.

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The company released 3 interesting videos of the concept which you can watch below, and a gallery of pictures:

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  1. Tom - 7 years ago

    I really hope the next Leaf takes its styling from this and has a 200+ mile real world range. When I come to change my 2014 Leaf in 2017 I’m hoping Nissan don’t disappoint, otherwise I’ll be looking at the Golf GTE I think.

    • Fred Lambert - 7 years ago

      Rumours are that the 60kwh pack will make it’s way into the next gen. I am pretty sure that a next gen leaf would get close 200 miles on a 60 kWh pack.


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