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Autonomous Nissan NSC-2015 is the Leaf that drives you

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October 10, 2012

The Nissan NSC-2015 provides autonomous driving and safety features

The Nissan NSC-2015 provides autonomous driving and safety features

The future of driving appears like it won't involve much driving at all. We've already seen a number of autonomous vehicle technologies from companies like Google, Audi and GM. The NSC-2015 is a new concept from Nissan that packages some autonomous capabilities into a Leaf EV.

"The distance between appliance companies and electricity management and the automotive industry is closing more and more," says Nissan COO Toshiyuki Shiga.

Shiga's words explain why automakers have had an increasing presence at Japan's CEATEC Show, a show dedicated to electronics and IT. Toyota showed the Smart INSECT at last week's show, and Nissan brought the NSC-2015.

"With 90 percent of accidents caused by human error, we aimed to make a machine that could reduce error to as close to zero as possible and prevent an accident before it happens," explains Toru Futami, Nissan's expert leader for IT & ITS development. "Another objective was to reduce time-loss, such as that spent on looking for parking. That can be about ten minutes lost door-to-door, when all you need to do is get to the entrance."

The NSC-2015 provides a start to those goals, leveraging self-driving capabilities to become a personal valet. Without ever having to take a single dollar out of your wallet, the car drops you off at the door, parks for you and picks you up when you're ready to leave. The technology, which Nissan calls Automated Valet Parking, is controlled via a smartphone app, so it's easy for the "driver" to schedule a pick-up.

The NSC-2015 also has a next-generation anti-theft system. The interactive system uses cameras to monitor the car while it's parked. If there is suspicious activity – say someone casing the car or attempting to open the door – it can alert the driver via phone and send video of the activity. The driver can then set off the alarm and take other measures to secure the vehicle (e.g. call the police).

As its name suggests, the NSC-2015's technology will be ready within two years, according to Nissan. Of course, the legal and structural obstacles are sure to limit what Nissan can actually offer on the market, but perhaps the anti-theft feature will find its way into Nissan's production line.

The video below shows some of the NSC-2015's hardware in action, as well as a closer look at the Toyota Smart INSECT.

Source: Nissan

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C.C. Weiss Upon graduating college with a poli sci degree, Chris toiled in the political world for several years. Realizing he was better off making cynical comments from afar than actually getting involved in all that mess, he turned away from matters of government and news to cover the things that really matter: outdoor recreation, cool cars, technology, wild gadgets and all forms of other toys. He's happily following the wisdom of his father who told him that if you find something you love to do, it won't really be work.   All articles by C.C. Weiss
3 Comments

WOW! I cant wait till Nissan roll's NSC IN 2015.

Cal Verdun
11th October, 2012 @ 11:25 am PDT

I look forward to a future of taxi-cabs without the usual personality.

Charles Bosse
11th October, 2012 @ 02:20 pm PDT

This idea sucks. If you don't want to drive take the bus. There's enough people on the road who don't like to think. This is just another accident waiting to happen.

Gargamoth
15th October, 2012 @ 07:37 pm PDT
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