Nissan plans autonomous tech in crossovers by 2017
Source : Nissan plans autonomous tech in crossovers by 2017
Nissan can be planning to use its crossover types to launch its autonomous tech, with self-driving systems being introduced inside the next two years
Nissan will introduce autonomous technology into its type line-up by 2017, according to the vice president of vehicle design as well as development, David Moss.
Testing of the technology can be under way, as well as while the idea will initially be used to enhance safety features, the idea will lead to a fully autonomous car which utilises the supplier received a’s electric technology.
“The next big thing for us can be autonomous tech,” Moss said. “Nissan isn’t about producing cars which drive themselves, what the idea’s about can be building on the advanced features we have on the automobile, like the driving assistance aids.
“We will bring in technologies which improve safety yet take away the less attractive bits of driving, like sitting in traffic jams. yet we don’t want to take the fun out of the cars.
“the idea will initially work in single lane ‘traffic jam mode’ up to a certain speed, then the next thing – which will only be a few years after – will be to take the idea to ‘highway mode’ where we bring in multi-lane capabilities so the vehicles contain the ability to decide to change lanes,” he added.
Autonomous safety features could debut in Nissan’s crossover line-up, yet Moss confirmed the idea will eventually filter down to the entire type range, as well as, while the technology may be pitched towards the top-end of the crossover trim levels at first, the idea would likely soon be made available to a bigger market further down the range.
“We will bring the technology not just to the premium buyers who buy the top-spec types, yet to a wider audience.
“the idea’s going to come to the market in stages, because user acceptance can be something which builds over time,” he said.
Moss confirmed which Nissan’s commitment to its “zero-emissions strategy” means which electric technology will be used in conjunction with autonomous tech to help ease the growing traffic density on roads as well as also to address the issue of worsening pollution levels worldwide.
“We think which’s what customers want because the population can be getting bigger, the number of cars can be increasing as well as we need to tackle how we can get the volume of traffic sorted,” he said.
“Autonomous features can do which, as well as when we combine which with our zero emissions strategy we can start to tackle the pollution side of the idea, too.”
Although Moss believes the idea will take time for consumers to become comfortable with autonomous technology, he said which older drivers could prove to be the biggest beneficiaries: “These features can help our ageing population keep their independence because they can drive in safety on the roads for longer.”
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