Self-driving, or autonomous cars have always seems like a distant future in the automotive industry, but that future will be here sooner than you might think. Auto makers are working quickly to get autonomous features into new models and Nissan has just announced that it will introduce self-parking cars by 2016.
Nissan’s self-parking cars will just be the first step towards autonomous driving. While letting go of the steering wheel and letting your car take over may seem scary, it will actually keep everyone safer by reducing traffic congestion and helping to eliminate accidents caused by human error.
After the autonomous parking feature is introduced in 2016, Nissan plans to offer vehicles that will change lanes automatically in 2018, and by 2020, cars will be able to handle intersections as well.
Here at Economy Nissan, we eagerly look forward to the future of the automotive industry. How do you feel about cars that can drive themselves? Are you counting down the days until you can be a passenger during your morning commute?
A few weeks ago, Nissan wowed the world with its Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo car—a car designed specifically for the virtual gaming world in Gran Turismo 6. However, recently at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England, Nissan took the cover off of a real life Concept 2020.
The concept is even more amazing in the metal than it is on screen. It was designed by Nissan Design Europe with Design Director Taisuke Nakamura at the head of the project.
“We have 149 cars in the PlayStation Game,” said Nakamura, at the unveiling. “People are quite enthusiastic to race a car in a virtual environment. It’s a new styling challenge without any constraints, boundaries, so it was a purely design challenge from our side to see how much we can go further to achieve an attractive design. It’s like a virtual motor show to me.”
While the Nissan Concept 2020 will never make it to the streets, it does foreshadow a future Nissan performance vehicle, perhaps the next-generation GT-R.
Gran Turismo gamers will be able to download the drive the Nissan Concept 2020 this month. Will you be adding this amazing car to your virtual garage? If you’re looking for something a bit more real, come visit us at Economy Nissan and we’ll help you find your next new Nissan.
A few months ago, Nissan started a pilot program called “No Charge to Charge” for new LEAF owners. Now, Nissan has announced it is expanding the program to include 10 of the top U.S. markets for LEAF sales and will add at least 15 more markets within the next year.
With this program, LEAF drivers will have free access to eligible public charging stations for two years. So, not only will they not be paying for gasoline, but charging up their battery will be free, too!
In addition to expanding this program, Nissan plans to have 500 quick charging stations installed at Nissan dealerships across the United States. These quick chargers can get your LEAF battery up to 80 percent capacity in about 30 minutes.
“Free charging is a great way for Nissan and our charging partners to make LEAF an unbeatable value for the average American driver,” said Brendan Jones, director, Nissan Electric Vehicle Sales and Infrastructure, in a press release. “The popularity of ‘No Charge to Charge’ since our April announcement shows that public charging spurs range confidence and additional LEAF sales.”
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Cars that drive themselves are in our future. Already, many cars use semi-autonomous features, such as self-parking and accident avoidance technologies. Nissan’s autonomous drive program continues to move forward and just participated in a new highway opening in Japan.
Kanagawa prefecture in Japan just opened an 8.3 mile stretch of highway between the prefecture and nearby Tokyo. Kanagawa Governor Yuji Kuroiwa rode in the Nissan Autonomous Drive car as part of the highway’s opening parade.
Nissan has committed to having commercially-viable Autonomous Drive vehicles on the road by 2020—just six years from now. Currently, Nissan’s self-driving cars can steer, brake, and accelerate all on their own. Using radars, cameras, and other sensors, the cars can merge into highway traffic, change lanes, maintain a safe distance from other cars, and even exit highways without human interaction.
Having cars that can drive themselves will actually make roads safer for everyone. Nissan says the Autonomous Drive technology could potentially eliminate 93 percent of accidents in the U.S. caused by human error.
Are you ready for a Nissan car that can drive itself?
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