Self-driving: It’s not just for Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) owners! Japanese automaker Nissan (OTC:NSANY) announced on Thursday that it will include automated driving features in all of its future models, regardless of price.
In an ambitious three-year plan, the company expects to roll out 20 new models by 2023, all of which will feature some level of automated driving capability. The move comes as competition heats up among automakers of all sizes to implement advanced technology like long-range batteries, automated driving, and heads-up displays.
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Race to the top
Nissan, the ninth-largest automaker in the world by revenue, has had some success bringing technological innovations to market. It was the first carmaker to offer a mass-market battery-electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf, in 2010. In 2016, the company introduced its ProPILOT 1 technology, which allowed a car to automatically follow the car in front of it while driving on the
While the country is awaiting for the local arm of Nissan to reel in the highly-anticipated LEAF into country, Nissan discredits four of the most common wrong notions about electric vehicles (EV) in general.
Below are the top four myths about EVs and how the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility debunks them with gusto.
Myth #1: EVs are slow
Early this year, the Nissan LEAF had a competition with the fastest elements of nature – fire and wind.
Racing against a Pyrotechnician’s ‘fire-line’ and a champion kite surfer, testers went to see which one makes it to the finish line the fastest.
With the Nissan LEAF capable of accelerating to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds, it showed that it jumps faster than many regular petrol-fed engines. This is due to an e-powertrain that directly powers the wheels from its electric motor for instantaneous acceleration.