The Nissan IDS is a concept vehicle designed to showcase Nissan's
vision of an autonomous, zero-emmision, electric vehicle. The IDS
uses the company's latest conceptual version version of 'Nissan Intelligent
Driving', a system which is designed to compensate for human error
and reduce accident rates.
But don't hang up those string-back leather driving gloves just yet,
as the Nissan IDS can also be driven in manual mode. Although the
onboard computer will continue to monitor an make adjustments, mainly
in order to avoid collisions, but also to ensure a safe and steady
Quite bizarrely, the Nissan IDS learns the driver's driving style,
and attempts to mimic it when driving autonomously. With the IDS you
can pretty much become a back seat driver to yourself.
The interior layout of the Nissan IDS changes depending on the drive
mode. When the driver selects Manual Drive, the roomy interior transforms
to put the driver in control. All seats face forward. The steering
wheel, which takes styling cues from reins for horse riding, appears
along with driving meters and a heads-up display that shows route
and other driving information. Interior lighting switches to blue,
stimulating the ability to concentrate.
When the driver selects Piloted Drive - Nissan's name for the autonomous
mode - the steering wheel recedes into the centre of the instrument
panel and a large flat screen comes out. Various driving-related operations
are handled by AI, voice and gestures from the driver. The interior,
which comprises natural materials such as mesh leather, is illuminated
by soft light. All four seats rotate slightly inward, facilitating
The transformation to Manual Drive can be carried out with ease through
a switch between the front seats called the PD Commander.
Powering the Nissan IDS is a 100 percent electric drivetrain.
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