At this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan has unveiled a concept vehicle that embodies the carmakers vision of the future of autonomous driving and zero emission electric vehicles: the IDS concept. The IDS concept integrates advanced vehicle control and safety technologies with the latest artificial intelligence. When the driver selects pilots drive and turns over the controls to the vehicle, the car’s performance imitates the driver’s own style and preferences.

In Manual Drive mode, the driver has control. The linear acceleration and cornering are pure and exhilarating. Yet behind the scenes, the Nissan IDS Concept continues to provide assistance. Sensors continually monitor conditions and assistance is available even while the driver is in control. In the event of imminent danger, Nissan IDS Concept will assist the driver in taking evasive action.


“A key point behind the Nissan IDS concept is communication,” explains Mitsunori Morita, design director at Nissan. “For an autonomous drive to become reality, as a society we have to consider not only communication between car and driver but also between cars and people. The Nissan IDS concept’s design embodies nissan’s vision of autonomous drive as expressed in the phrase together, we ride.”


The Nissan IDS concept has different interior settings depending on whether the driver opts for piloted drive or manual drive. Though it is a hatchback, the long wheelbase fits four adults comfortably. In autonomous driving mode, the steering wheel recedes, the mesh leather seats rotate slightly inward and a large flat screen comes out. In manual drive mode, the cabin transforms back to a traditional layout with the seats facing forward, the steering wheel returns, and the interior lighting switches to blue stimulating the ability to concentrate.

The Nissan IDS concept is fitted with a high capacity 60 kWh battery, and thanks to its effective aerodynamics, low stance, flowing form and reduced weight due to its full carbon fiber body, the vehicle is designed to also meet the need to drive long distance.

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all images and video courtesy of Nissan