Nissan has extended their range for which phones can connect to their newest Nissan Maxima. For the 2017 Nissan Maxima, Nissan will be including Apple CarPlay! We can’t tell you how excited we are for this here at 171 Nissan!
For those of you who don’t know, Apple CarPlay basically turns your car into an iPhone. All the cool things you can ask of Siri (be sure to ask what Zero divided by Zero is) can now be done while you are driving your vehicle, in a way that keeps you and other drivers on the road safe. Just like your iPhone, when your car features Apple Carplay, you can talk to Siri using voice commands, which keeps your eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel.
Currently, many other automakers already include Apple Car Play in their vehicles, including Ford, GM, Honda, and Mitsubishi. Now adding to this list will be Nissan with its integration into the new 2017 Nissan Maxima. The best part about Nissan including this new technology, it’s doesn’t hike up the price like it might with other carmakers! The price difference between the 2016 and 2017 is no more than $50 for any trim level! That’s less than buying a new iPhone!
As you can tell, we are pumped about the latest addition to the Nissan Maxima and can’t wait to try out this new feature at our dealership! Be sure to stop by and check out the technology yourself and see how cool and easy it can be!
Showing off some of its innovative parking technologies, Nissan recently developed the first Intelligent Parking Chair. You heard right. Engineers developed this pet project using intelligent park assist technology, creating chairs that automatically arrange themselves.
Although you might initially think there is a ghost in the room, the Intelligent Parking Chair is capable of finding its “target position,” or place at the table, and move 360 degrees to get there. According to Nissan, four cameras in the room’s ceiling generate a bird’s-eye view to wirelessly transmit the chairs position and its route, and a small motor propels the chairs forward.
“With this innovation in office technology, Japanese businessmen are now freed from the troublesome task of arranging chairs, using this new technology already adopted in the European model X-Trail Hybrid and other Nissan vehicles around the world,” read the Nissan website.
Videos of the Nissan technology caused quite a stir on video-sharing websites like YouTube, demonstrating just how intelligent the Nissan engineering and design labs are becoming. A single clap of the hands and the chairs spring to life, finding their place in the room. This is just one more way Nissan sets itself apart from other brands.
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One common trait of new technologies is they always seem to get smaller and smaller. Surely there are limitations to this though, right? After all, phones can only get so small before they get too difficult to use, and cars still need the room for occupants.
That isn’t stopping Nissan, though. The Japanese company has announced they will conduct a trial run of the “Ultra-Compact Mobility Certification System,” which is a car-sharing network for residents of the Sakonyama Danchi District in Yokohama City.
The vehicle they are using is tiny, yet somehow has the space to carry not one but two passengers. The goal is to gauge the value of ultra-compact EVs as short-range modes of transport that can complement public transportation and hopefully help revitalize large-scale urban and suburban commuting methods.
In Louisiana, we have little use for such a car, but it’s still nice to see Nissan racking its brain to help short-range commuters in congested cities. One day, when these EVs have more range, we may even see them at 171 Nissan![Top]
Although it might sound like something out of a Sci-Fi movie, self-driving cars are just on the horizon. Thanks to a new partnership between Nissan and NASA, commercial applications of autonomous driving systems are now in the works.
So how exactly does this work? Well, Nissan autonomous vehicle systems have been around for a few years; however, this new partnership is aimed at getting the technology to the public. Using remote-control technology, network-enabled communication, and state-of-the art radar, it’s as simple as typing in a destination.
“The work of NASA and Nissan – with one directed to space and the other directed to earth, is connected by similar challenges,” said Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan. He states, “The partnership will accelerate Nissan’s development of safe, secure and reliable autonomous drive technology that we will progressively introduce to consumers beginning in 2016 up to 2020.”
Nissan says the most complex obstacle is by far city driving. Nissan and NASA, who mastered the technology in planetary rovers, are aiming to use vehicle-to-vehicle communications and high-tech cameras to make the system operational. Who knows, maybe in a few years hover cars will be an option as well. At 171 Nissan, we’re excited to see what this partnership will bring to future Nissan vehicles![Top]
Nissan is well on its way to offering vehicles with fully autonomous driving technology. By 2020, you should be able to purchase a Nissan that essentially does the driving for you.
Like anything, the road to this destination takes steps. Two of those steps were the development of Moving Object Detection and Around View Monitor. These are separate but complementary technologies that, as part of a larger complex of technologies, will allow for true driving autonomy in the future.
Around View Monitor gathers a composite picture of the vehicle’s surroundings and sends it to the driver in real time using four exterior cameras.
Moving Object Detection works with the Around View Monitor technology. MOD analyzes the feed coming from AVM and determines whether there are any moving objects around the vehicle. If so, it can issue audio and visual alerts to the driver.
Nissan has recently licensed these Nissan safety technologies to Hitachi Construction Machinery, which will create revenue that Nissan can further invest in better safety technologies.
Nissan is committed to safety. Visit 171 Nissan and we can show how this commitment has led to some of the safest vehicles on the road today![Top]
Technology and innovation once again came to the fore when Nissan’s Direct Adaptive Steering (DAS) technology won the RJC Technology of the Year award for 2014-2015.
The world-first DAS is currently only available on the Skyline sedan sold in Japan, though we doubt it’ll be long before Nissan ports it over to local models we can sell here at 171 Nissan.
The way the DAS system works is electronically transmitting the driver’s inputs to the car’s wheels through a steering sensor integrated with a compact motor—with no reliance on a steering shaft. The advantages are plenty: the steering feels smoother and more responsive, and because it reduces unnecessary feedback from road surfaces, the system is arguably safer as well.
The nonprofit Automotive Researchers’ and Journalists’ Conference of Japan, or RJC, lauded the technology for its innovative performance and as “an important step forward for the future of autonomous driving.”[Top]