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Nissan exhibiting prototype NSC-2015 vehicle for autonomous driving application at CEATEC JAPAN 2012

At CEATEC Japan 2012 this week, Nissan Motor Co. will showcase autonomous driving in a parking application with the NSC-2015 prototype—a modified Leaf EV.

The car uses a remote monitoring system that recognizes the surrounding environment through use of an all-around view camera and 4G mobile communications. Different from a system using GPS to determine the car’s location, this system provides a precise recognition of the surrounding environment (even in underground parking lots) and makes use of various smartphone applications.

After the driver exits the NSC-2015, it starts to park itself automatically, following the instructions given by smartphone. The vehicle looks for a vacant parking space while identifying its surroundings; once it detects an open parking space automated parking begins.

The driver can also use smartphone commands to make the NSC-2015 vehicle leave the parking space and return to the place where he or she is. While parked, the car’s security camera system automatically works with a camera installed in the vehicle. If the system detects suspicious behavior, the driver is alerted automatically by a report to his or her smartphone.

Mitsuhiko Yamashita, executive vice president in charge of R&D at Nissan, is participating in a panel—“Robot Cars Now Up and Running — The World of Autonomous Driving Opened Up by EV” with Dr. Sven Beiker, Executive Director, Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) and Prof. Clifford Nass, Thomas M. Storke Professor at Stanford University, moderated by journalist Taro Kimura.

At CEATEC 2011, in response to the experience of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Nissan showcased its “Stand-alone Energy Community" with the LEAF to Home (V2H) system, which can supply electricity from batteries onboard Nissan LEAF EVs to residential homes. This year, the LEAF to Home (V2H) system— which is now on sale— will be shown along with the “LEAF to Community" system which can power streetlights in the event of an emergency or power failure. Nissan will also display various electric vehicles and other models that will be brought to market in the future.



With over 108,000/year road fatalities (and rising) plus another 1,000,000+/year non fatal road accidents, it may be necessary to selectively introduce 'no-hand' driving, starting with the most accident prone drivers. A few thousand additional road side radar cameras could help to identify candidates.

Human drivers are at fault in about 90% of all road accidents. Driver assistance and/or 'no-hand' driving could reduce accidents and fatalities by 50+%. Electronic drivers do not drink or use drugs and do not have to impress friends etc.

It is surprising to note how highly offended we are when a few thousand people get killed in civil wars but we no longer want to know how many got killed by careless drivers on roads this week/year.

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