CES 2018 was one edition when the car makers took center stage. Autonomous driving, inventive shopping solutions, and ways to take away with the driving wheel altogether, we saw it all.
Yet amongst these, Nissan’s vision for the autonomous world stood out. One in which driver and vehicle could someday work in perfect harmony, thanks to a brain machine interface that instantly translates your thoughts into the vehicle’s actions. Nissan’s Brain-to-Vehicle (B2V) technology reads signatures of brain activity that correlate with movements. This can predict a driver’s actions, detect discomfort and improve reaction times, meaning enhance manual driving.
A key highlight at Nissan’s CES 2018 stand was the Nissan IMx, the zero-emission autonomous crossover electric SUV. First unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show 2017, key to the driving experience will be the ability to process information about a user’s driving style and preferences. The expansive screen at the centre of the console displays infographics about what it has learned.
Technically a crossover, the concept IMx boasts a design language influenced by Japanese Katanas, suicide doors, full glass roof and interiors trimmed with wood. There are two key aspects that set apart the IMx. The first was the 429 bhp output and 700 Nm torque, courtesy a high-capacity battery developed by Nissan from the ground up. Plus, the IMx has a very impressive driving range of more than 600 kilometres on a single charge.
And then, of course, we have the 2018 Nissan Leaf. The second version of a much accepted early step into the EV genre, yet with a wholly redux styling aesthetic, increased range and interesting tech like E-Pedal and ProPilot Assist. Read our review here.