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Hotel guests get a kick out of Nissan’s self-parking slippers

Combining the ultimate in traditional hospitality with Nissan’s autonomous driving technology, one Japanese inn is treating guests to some unusual amenities: self-parking slippers, tables and floor cushions.

At first glance, the ProPILOT Park Ryokan looks like any other traditional Japanese inn, or ryokan. Slippers are neatly lined up at the foyer, where guests remove their shoes. Tatami rooms are furnished with low tables and floor cushions for sitting.

What sets this ryokan apart is that the slippers, tables and cushions are rigged with a special version of Nissan’s ProPILOT Park autonomous parking technology. When not in use, they automatically return to their designated spots at the push of a button.

First introduced in the all-new Nissan LEAF in Japan in October 2017, ProPILOT Park detects surrounding objects and lets drivers automatically park the vehicle in a selected parking space by pressing a button. The same technology is being used in the amenities at the ProPILOT Park Ryokan during a demonstration to entertain guests and reduce staff workload.

How to experience ProPILOT Park Ryokan

Nissan will offer a free night at the ProPILOT Park Ryokan, located in Hakone, Japan, for one lucky pair of travelers. For a chance to win, contestants must post on Twitter using the hashtags #PPPRyokan and #wanttostay between Jan. 25 and Feb. 10.

Visitors to the Nissan Global Headquarters Gallery in Yokohama can also experience the atmosphere of the ProPILOT Ryokan and try on the actual self-parking slippers at a dedicated exhibition booth, open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Feb. 1-4. The Gallery is at 1-1-1 Takashima, Nishi-ku, Yokohama.

video of the ProPILOT Park Ryokan can be viewed on Nissan’s YouTube channel:
https://youtu.be/tazFfEP_NcY

Source: Nissan

NORTHERN POWERGRID AND NISSAN SIGN INDUSTRY-LEADING PARTNERSHIP

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Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for the network that keeps the lights on for 3.9 million homes and businesses across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, and the leading electric vehicle manufacturer Nissan have signed an industry-leading partnership.

The two organisations, through a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), will work together to explore a range of innovation projects over the next six years.

The projects will look at how electric vehicles (EV), batteries and other technologies can support energy networks.  They will also explore how new technologies can enhance the capacity, capability and resilience of the region’s power network to make it more active and responsive to the growing and changing demands of both domestic and commercial customers.

The partnership also represents another step forward for Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility blueprint in Europe, which aims to demonstrate how electric vehicles like the Nissan LEAF – the world’s best-selling EV – can work in tandem with energy providers and grid infrastructure to deliver a cleaner, more efficient energy networks.

Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology, for example, allows electric vehicles to be fully integrated into the electricity grid, improving network capacity and helping to make renewable energy sources more affordable and more widely available. It also provides an opportunity to create mobile energy hubs, by integrating large numbers of electric vehicles directly with the grid. This enables Nissan LEAF owners to connect and charge their vehicle during low-demand, cheap tariff periods, and use the electricity stored in the vehicle’s battery at a time when costs are higher, or even feed it back to the grid to generate additional returns.

Jim Cardwell, head of trading and innovation at Northern Powergrid, said:“Building on what we are already doing around innovation projects, this signals the start of a ground-breaking industry partnership to explore new innovations that could support the creation of smarter, greener energy networks and help shape future technologies to support the efficient roll-out of electric vehicles.”

Patrick Erwin, policy and markets director at Northern Powergrid, said: “We’re both major employers in the region.  By bringing together our expertise we will help the region – as part of the Northern Powerhouse – play a leading role in exploring innovation and technological advances that could potentially benefit future generations, communities, businesses and industries both in and outside of the UK.”

Following the signing of the MOU, Northern Powergrid and Nissan will work together over the coming months to develop plans for a series of projects.  Project learnings will be shared in due course.

Ed Jones, EV manager, Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd, said: “We’ve always known that Nissan’s EV technology can be used for so much more than just getting people from A-to-B and we’re delighted to be sharing our expertise to help create more sustainable energy networks in the UK. Through the integration of Nissan EVs, we can find new solutions that will help shape a society whose energy use is sustainable, efficient and affordable.”

Pictured: Patrick Erwin, policy and markets director at Northern Powergrid, with the 100% electric Nissan LEAF.

Source: Northern Powergrid.

Japan’s Government team up with Car Makers to develop Intelligent Mapping

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Japan’s government will reportedly team up with the country’s carmakers, including Toyota and Nissan, to develop intelligent maps in the country by 2018, a technology key for autonomous driving.

 

  • Driven by competition to improve the technology for autonomous driving
  • Plans to incorporate driving data gathered by the automakers
  • Such systems supply information to control self-driving cars

 

According to the Nikkei Daily, Japan is working towards generating standardised intelligent maps, incorporated with driver data, and will see the country’s automakers, map making companies and the government collaborate on the project.

Intelligent mapping systems provide the essential information required to control self-driving cars, and also provide technology to share location data with other map users.

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The news in Japan follows a report at the end of last week linking German auto supplier Bosch with taking a potential stake in mapping business HERE, as interest in the business formerly developed by Nokia continues to hot up.

Reuters reports the company is in talks with BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen, the consortium that bought HERE last year from the Finnish vendor for €2.8 billion, about taking a stake, while the talks are also designed to ensure that Bosch can continue to offer services to HERE customers.

Amazon, Microsoft, car maker Renault and auto supplier Continental have also reportedly been in talks about taking a stake in HERE.

Source: Mobile World Live/Co-Star

71% of Telefonica’s customers want to use connected cars according to a new study

The term Connected Car has been a buzzword within the automotive industry for several years, but the big question is – are consumers ready? Research released today suggests they are. According to a study by Telefónica, there is sufficient global demand for connected car services, with more than 70 per cent of drivers surveyed saying that they are interested in using, or are already using, connected car services.

In fact, around half of consumers now consider connected features, such as inbuilt connectivity and the ability to plug in a smartphone, a key part of their next car purchase. Features such as increased safety, early warning systems and smarter navigation are cited as the most popular, with almost three-quarters (73%) of drivers listing safety and diagnostics features as the most important.

The findings have been unveiled as part of Telefónica’s Connected Car Industry Report 2014 featuring independent primary research and contributions from six of the world’s largest car manufacturers. The report builds on some of the topics covered in Telefónica’s inaugural Connected Car study from 2013 which predicted that that the number of vehicles with built-in connectivity will increase from 10 per cent of the overall market in 2013 to 90 per cent by 2020. This second report provides insight, from a driver’s perspective, into the car industry’s biggest transformation in over a century, detailing the opportunities, challenges and predicted trends for the sector.

Key trends identified by the report include:

1. There is sufficient global demand for connected car services, with 71% of drivers surveyed saying that they are interested in using, or are already using, connected car services.

2. 80% of consumers expect the connected car of the future to provide the same connected experience they are used to at home, at work and on the move via their mobile phone.

3. Across all markets surveyed, there was clear consensus about the three features most in demand: increased safety, early warning systems and smarter navigation. Almost three-quarters (73%) of respondents chose safety and diagnostics features as the most important, giving a clear indication of the areas they would expect connected services to focus in the future. Usage-based insurance models are also very popular, with 54% of UK drivers choosing it one of the connected car features they would be most interested in.

4. On average 35% of drivers expect not to own their own car by 2034, and instead predict they will be using alternative options such as car sharing services

5. The dashboard is the favoured way for accessing connected services, particularly for safety, navigation and vehicle diagnostics, with more than 60% of respondents across all markets preferring to access features in this way.

6. Drivers in different countries will prefer to pay for connected services in different ways. Most Spanish drivers would prefer a one-off payment (49%) while those in America, Germany and the UK would favour basic connectivity with the option to choose additional services. Brazilians are split between the latter and a full-on PAYG model, suggesting a degree of flexibility not seen in other countries.

Pavan Mathew, Global Head of Connected Car at Telefónica commented: “Through looking at the connected car from a driver’s perspective, it’s clear that the demand for connected services in cars is unquestionable. Even though we’re just moving off of the starting line, people are ready for it and know what they want. But challenges to widespread roll-out remain.

“Many consumers currently think of connected car services in terms infotainment and WiFi, but this changes when they are made aware of the variety of options that the technology can offer. Safety and diagnostics appear to be the most attractive features to drivers, illustrating just how important factors such as road safety and vehicle maintenance are in consumer purchasing decisions.

“We can expect to see a gradual creep of connectivity into vehicles over the next few years but there won’t be an explosion over the next 12 months,” said Mathew. “The reason for this lies in the complexity of the challenges that connectivity is trying to address.

“While OEMs still have a way to go before they break out of their traditional role as a manufacturer and become a full, connected service provider, they certainly have a strong, trusted base to build from.”

Earlier this year Telefónica announced an agreement with Tesla, to provide connectivity for the Tesla Model S in Europe.

Industry quotes

Telefónica’s report includes quotes and insight from industry experts including the following:

“Autonomy obviously has implications for car ownership, and as a 110-year-old company we’re obviously taking our heritage extremely seriously as we look forward to the next 100 years. But over the next decade I think we’ll see autonomy overshadowed slightly by the use of smart materials in vehicles. Things like materials that deflect water, refract light or change colour. And then beyond that I think we’ll start to see some very cool stuff around nano electro-mechanical materials where you could start doing things with self-forming circuitry and self-morphing materials. These advances start to change our perceptions of how form and substance are influenced by the environment, overhauling what we understand about the current dimension of physicality.” John Ellis, Global Technologist and Head of the Ford Developer Program, Ford

“We are seeing a drive from consumers to actually have the same level of connectivity in the car that they would have whilst walking down the street, whilst sat in their front room, whilst sat on public transport. So just because they are spending two, three hours a day in a car, they don’t want to be disconnected from their normal life.” Ian Digman, General Manager, Nissan

“I see a huge expansion beyond legacy telematics such as vehicle health reports, safety and security, crash notifications into active safety and automated driving aspects. I also think vehicle-to-vehicle communication is going to grow very quickly in the next five years. The beauty of that technology is that the communication protocol can be used for a host of other services beyond vehicle communication, so it benefits the wider infrastructure too.” Henry Bzeih, Chief Technology Strategist, Kia

“For us it comes down to the things that make the car a better vehicle. When we talk to customers about connectivity they say well it’s a car and so what I need it to do are the things I bought a car for. They want it to be safer, more intelligent and more economical. Connectivity is a chance for OEMs to look at how we can help to reduce costs for customers and make cost of ownership lower by giving advice on how to drive more fuel efficiently, or helping you find the lowest cost source of fuel or the most efficient route. Can I, by providing data for things like usage based insurance or pay as you drive insurance, can I save you money on insurance?” Greg Ross, Director of Product Strategy and Infotainment, GM

Source: Telefonica

Wireless Car strengthens its market position in Europe

World leading connected services provider, WirelessCar, will support Infiniti InTouch and New NissanConnect services with an advanced off-board network solution that offers a flexible technology to support subscription management and billing for Infiniti InTouch and NissanConnect connected car services.

Nissan leads the way in providing consumers with cutting edge vehicle connectivity and convenience by fully integrating the connectivity ecosystem into the vehicle displays, switches and voice recognition systems. The WirelessCar technology aggregates content and services from several content and service providers, and manages the subscriptions and billing functions. The WirelessCar technology will be showcased first on the new Nissan Qashqai, and Infiniti InTouch, which makes its debut on the Infiniti Q50.

WirelessCar offers this solution to Infiniti and Nissan through a comprehensive off-board Telematics Service Delivery Platform (TSDP) based on the open framework, Next Generation Telematics Pattern (NGTP).

Through this platform, Nissan and Infiniti can benefit from a very flexible set of well-defined core components and interfaces which abstract various parts of the telematics service delivery ecosystem ensuring the highest levels of scalability, reusability, regional customizability, and future expandability.

WirelessCar’s delivery teams located around the world, allow Nissan and Infiniti to leverage our global platform, while at the same time providing access to local resources and implementation. WirelessCar delivers the solution in Europe, Russia, and Middle-East.

WirelessCar is very proud and grateful for the confidence Nissan has showed us in their selection of a Telematics Service Provider. Nissan has been diligent in their requirements and it will be an extremely interesting journey. Our strengths has again been proved and we continue growing by all aspects based on our belief that the car of the future is a truly connected vehicle to which the drivers as well as OEMs, dealers, third party developers and other value added stakeholders have access. This will facilitate the connected society where technology is the invisible glue that connects our fast paced lifestyles with intelligent content matched for individual’s life and contextual needs” says Martin Rosell, Managing Director, WirelessCar.

Source: Wireless Car

Nissan announces plans for autonomous driving

Nissan Motor has announced that the company will be ready with multiple, commercially-viable Autonomous Drive vehicles by 2020. Nissan announced that the company’s engineers have been carrying out intensive research on the technology for years, alongside teams from the world’s top universities, including MIT, Stanford, Oxford, Carnegie Mellon and the University of Tokyo.

Work is already underway in Japan to build a dedicated autonomous driving proving ground, to be completed by the end of fiscal year 2014. Featuring real townscapes – masonry not mock-ups – it will be used to push vehicle testing beyond the limits possible on public roads to ensure the technology is safe.
Nissan’s autonomous driving will be achieved at realistic prices for consumers. The goal is availability across the model range within two vehicle generations.

“Nissan Motor Company’s willingness to question conventional thinking and to drive progress – is what sets us apart,” said CEO Carlos Ghosn. “In 2007 I pledged that – by 2010 – Nissan would mass market a zero-emission vehicle. Today, the Nissan LEAF is the best-selling electric vehicle in history. Now I am committing to be ready to introduce a new ground-breaking technology, Autonomous Drive, by 2020, and we are on track to realize it.”

Nissan is demonstrating the breadth of the capability of its autonomous drive technology for the first time at Nissan 360, a huge test drive and stakeholder interaction event being held in Southern California. Laser scanners, Around View Monitor cameras, as well as advanced artificial intelligence and actuators, have been installed in Nissan LEAFs to enable them to negotiate complex real-world driving scenarios.

Nissan’s autonomous driving technology is an extension of its Safety Shield, which monitors a 360-degree view around a vehicle for risks, offers warnings to the driver and takes action if necessary. It is based on the philosophy that everything required should be on board the vehicle, rather than relying on detailed external data. The technology being demonstrated at Nissan 360 means the car could drive autonomously on a highway – sticking to or changing lanes and avoiding collisions – without a map. It can also be integrated with a standard in-car navigation system so the vehicle knows which turns to take to reach its destination.

Source: Nissan/Telematics News