Nissan prepared the study IDS Concept for the car show in Tokyo, with which they are showing their progress with electric cars and the upgraded autonomous driving system and security using artificial intelligence.
Carlos Ghosn, the CEO of Renault-Nissan, says that coming technologies will revolutionize the relationship between the driver and the car. The technology Nissan Intelligent Driving should improve the driver's ability to recognize a dangerous situation, think and react to it. It should reduce the probability of human error, which causes over 90 % of all traffic accidents. Ghosn says that this will increase the driver's safety, make the car more environmentally friendly, efficient and more fun to drive.
Autonomous driving should not only be a way of getting from A to B, but also a fun experience, as the study was designed in a way that mimics the driver's driving habits. Just as if a human were driving the car, the driving style will be very dynamic, but safe nonetheless, as the security systems will constantly monitor everything and assist the driver. Nissan's artificial intelligence will not only be capable of learning, but will also have the role of an attentive partner, who will assist the driver with data. The car will communicate not just with the driver, but also with other road users.
Depending on whether the driver will be driving the car himself, or will be driven by a driver, the concept of the interior will also change. In the first case it will be focused more on the road in front of the driver, otherwise it will focus more on communication between the passengers. The steering wheel will be stored in the dashboard, on which a large screen will appear. The lighting will also adapt to the driving style. The car will also show consideration for other road users, using light signals and, for example, the caption »After you«, to show others that you are giving them the right of way.
The mere 1380 mm tall aerodynamic body is made of carbon fiber, so the engine doesn't have a lot of work with the low weight of the car. The battery with a capacity of 60 kWh enables long ranges, with the help of other factors, such as the wheels with a width of 175, which reduces the rolling and wind resistance. The side surfaces of the wheels also have small wings, which create small whirlpools that reduce the wind resistance even further.