Other than the big battery pack (the 2016 Leaf will have a 30-kWh battery that will offer an EPA-rated driving range of 107 miles), Nissan didn't offer up any powertrain details about this autonomous EV. What we do know is that the IDS uses the Nissan Intelligent Driving system. This is the first time that Nissan has put the Intelligent Drive moniker on a vehicle, and Ghosn said that this sort of tech will not only make cars safer, it will also make driving more fun, since you can either let the car take over in some situations (like traffic jams) as you move to your destination or you can drive yourself as you do today, with the Intelligent Drive AI paying attention to potential hazards. In autonomous mode, the steering wheel flips away and offers up a tablet in its place (as you can see in the video below).
The IDS can also recommend when you should stop to eat if it thinks you're getting tired and, if you feed the system information about your eating habits, the car can, "check you log of past meals to provide restaurant suggestions," Ghosn said.
As a concept, this is all cool and we understand that there's no further information about the new Leaf. Still, today's announcement certainly leaves us wanting a lot more. Ghosn said simply that, "Nissan's forthcoming technologies will revolutionize the relationship between car and driver, and future mobility." Read into that what you will. Nissan hopes to introduce some sort of autonomous drive vehicle by 2020.
Oct. 28 – Tokyo – Today at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015, Nissan Motor Corporation unveiled a concept vehicle that embodies the company's vision of the future of autonomous driving and zero emission EVs: the Nissan IDS Concept.
Presenting at the show, Nissan president and CEO Carlos Ghosn said: "Nissan's forthcoming technologies will revolutionize the relationship between car and driver, and future mobility."
The Nissan IDS Concept
After leading the development and expansion of EV technology, Nissan once again stands at the forefront of automotive technology.
By integrating advanced vehicle control and safety technologies with cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI), Nissan is among the leaders developing practical, real-world applications of autonomous drive technology.
In August 2013, Ghosn said that by 2020 Nissan plans to equip innovative autonomous drive technology on multiple vehicles. Progress is well on track to achieve this goal.
Inside the Nissan IDS Concept
Nissan Intelligent Driving is Nissan's concept of autonomous drive technology and represents what Nissan believes next-generation vehicles should be.
"Nissan Intelligent Driving improves a driver's ability to see, think and react. It compensates for human error, which causes more than 90 percent of all car accidents.
As a result, time spent behind the wheel is safer, cleaner, more efficient and more fun," continued Ghosn.
The 44th Tokyo Motor Show opens to the public on October 30, with Nissan showcasing a host of new concept cars technologies.