With the introduction of the Pivo 3 at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show the Pivo line of concept cars entered its third generation. The First Pivo concept was introduced to the world in 2005, and its successor, the Pivo 2, arrived in 2007. Both these cars had a unique selling point – the swivelling passenger compartment. This could be turned through 360 degrees, allowing for unparalleled visibility, and also making reversing maneuvers a thing of the past.
While the Nissan Pivo 3 Concept didn’t retain its predecessor’s fancy rotating cockpit, it did still feature four-wheel steering which allows the car to ‘crab’ sideways into tight parking spaces. Measuring just 3.0 metres (9.8 feet) long, the Pivo 3 had an unbelievably tight turning circle, requiring just 4.0 metres (13.1 feet) to turn around.
The Nissan Pivo 3 has a three-seat layout with the driver sitting just ahead of the passenger seats – one located either side. The Pivo 3 is fitted with a clever Automated Valet Parking (AVP) system which allows it to automatically drive, find a parking space, and park itself without any help from the driver. In addition the Pivo 3 is equipped with an ingenious system which allows it to autonomously drive itself to pick up the driver using a proprietary smartphone app developed by Nissan – however at the moment, due to the fact it’s a technology-in-development, it can only do this under controlled circumstances.
Powering the Nissan Pivo 3 was an all-electric drivetrain with four in-wheel electric motors.