Nissan Leaf NSC-2015 autonomous prototype unveiled

Technology will be fully viable within three years

Nissan has quietly unveiled the Leaf NSC-2015 prototype at CEATEC Japan 2012.

Essentially an autonomous vehicle, the NSC-2015 has a remote monitoring system that "recognizes the surrounding environment through use of an all-around view camera and 4th generation (4G) mobile communications."

The system is a little complicated but Nissan says the driver could arrive at a destination, exit the vehicle and then use a smartphone application to tell the car to park itself. The car would then search for an open parking spot and park. When the owner is ready to go home, the smartphone application would tell the car to meet the driver at their current location.

Interestingly, the system's onboard camera also acts as a security system and can notify the owner if it detects "suspicious behavior" when it is parked.

Despite sounding pretty futuristic, Nissan says the NSC-2015 will be fully viable by 2015.

Source: Nissan and CEATEC

Charging CEATEC

Oct. 4 - Chiba - There's a growing trend in consumer electronics and IT: cars.

Japan's largest showcase of electronics and information technology, CEATEC, kicked off with three carmakers displaying products in which mobility, electronics and IT intersect.

This is Nissan's sixth year at CEATEC, where market-ready technologies and those capturing a glimpse of the distant future converge.

Last year Mitsubishi joined; this year it's Toyota with a new concept called "Smart INSECT", a single-seater, mini EV that uses motion detectors to recognize a driver's behavior.

"The increased presence of automakers at CEATEC not only underscores the importance of information technology and electronics for autos, but also greater potential for collaboration between the auto industry and the electronics industry."

With 70% of electric vehicles comprised of electronic parts, one might consider cars the biggest of consumer electronics.

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

Nissan proves that, powering its lights and stage with LEAF batteries. That technology debuted last year in Nissan's LEAF-to-Home exhibit, after 3/11 underscored the need for alternate power sources for the community.

Nissan is looking to solve other problems, including traffic congestion and accidents.

The NSC-2015 is focused on time management and security, said Toru Futami, Expert Leader for Nissan's IT & ITS Development department.

With 90% 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. Another objective was to reduce time-loss, such as that spent on looking for parking. That can be about 10 minutes lost door-to-door, when all you need to do is get to the entrance," said Futami.

To save you time, the NSC-2015 parks itself and returns to pick you up. A smartphone connected to the Automated Valet Parking technology allows a driver to maintain full control, remotely.

And a new feature to catch any unsuspecting thief by surprise, an all-around view camera can react to suspicious behavior and alert the driver. The driver can then opt to set off an alarm.

As its name suggests, the NSC-2015 will be fully viable by 2015. By then, who knows, the car might even be able to make an arrest.

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This is pretty amazing. I love how you can interact with your car through your smartphone. BMW has a similar system up and running on the apple app store that allows you to turn on/off your headlights and interior lights and open/close doors via an app. Nissan seems to be taking it one step further. Exciting times indeed.
Oct 10th, 2012 1:02pm
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Very cool Nissian...Love the Video alarm phone
Oct 10th, 2012 12:41am
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