We'll be impressed when the Nissan Leaf can fetch its driver a cup of coffee.

In the meantime, we'll have to be satisfied with the prospect of the electric vehicle being able to park itself properly over a wireless-charging pad.

Nissan's prototype for an automatically-parking Leaf was shown off in a two-and-a-half minute video by Green Car Reports (check it out below). In it, a right-hand-drive Nissan backs itself at a 90-degree angle into a striped parking stall so that it can properly be recharged. The driver merely has to pull forward until being instructed to stop, put the car in reverse, let the car do its magic and then hit the brakes when told to do so.

Such a device would complement wireless charging systems, which are likely to expand in presence during the next few years. Just this week, Evatran said it reached an aftermarket-charger sales and distribution agreement with SPX Service Solutions to make Plugless Power charging stations available to owners of Nissan Leafs and Chevrolet Volt extended-range vehicles.



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      paulwesterberg
      • 2 Years Ago
      Many drivers fail at backing into parking places - which is why they developed this system... It seems like it would be easier to just have the wireless charging system under the front part of the car and park nose in which is easier for drivers. The complicated parking system is not necessary. Can the autopark system also parallel park? If not then it is not so useful.
        chanonissan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        paul just look up nissan leaf NSC-2015, yes it can parallel park, if you google it, you will get video and better understanding.
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is the beginning of The Rise Of The Machines... Once the machines know where to recharge and can recharge without us, it is the start... :) However, at this point in the game I think more regular charging stations and some high speed DC charging stations would be better.
      King George
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you cant park, dun drive. Nissan, just double the Leaf battery capacity. Wham! It will sell like hotcakessss.
      chanonissan
      • 2 Years Ago
      oh that is outed, the LEAF I see NISSAN testing can come to you when you call it, and it can also park it self (and I am not referring over a wireless charge) but in a park places, side walks, it also alert you when some one is fooling around it. The leaf can also serve it self to aviod an accident, or hitting pedestrian. It is call the "NSC-2015." you can google it.