Nissan’s New e-4orce AWD EV Powertrain Might Provide Support for the Next-Gen Nissan GT-R and Z Car
Nissan has been trying to make its presence in the EV world known for a while now, and the Leaf has served its purpose for the most part. The leaf, however, just doesn’t have what it takes to hold up in terms of range or performance. That’s why we were treated to the 2019 Nissan Leaf Twin-Motor Concept and why Nissan has been using the basis of that concept to create the e-4orce twin-motor, four-wheel-drive powertrain for its next-gen EVs. Until now, we knew very little, but Nissan has finally spilled some details about e-4orce, and it could have some serious implications on the future of Nissan sports cars.
The 2019 Nissan Leaf e+ is Here to Fix the Wrongs of all Leafs that Came Before It
The Nissan Leaf set quite a few benchmarks since its introduction in 2010, but its poor mileage prevented it from becoming a really big hit. The second-gen model arrived with notably more miles per charge, but the Leaf remained inferior to most of its rivals. Come 2019, and the Leaf e+ broke cover at the Consumer Electronics Show with a bigger battery and improved range.
CES 2018 Weirdness: Nissan’s Brain-to-Car Communication
Nissan is preparing to debut some high-tech driving gear at the 2018 CES event, which starts January 7. But this isn’t something we’ve seen before; rather it’s a brainwave-activated driving system that controls the vehicle by predicting a driver’s intentions and mood while behind the wheel. Nissan claims it is the first automaker to use real-time brain activity as a means of “enhancing the driving pleasure and experience in autonomous driving vehicles.”
The system apparently works by measuring brain activity related to special awareness and the physical movements needed to drive a vehicle. By predicting what the driver is going to do, the vehicle can have time to prepare for the maneuver. Perhaps this includes modifying adaptive dampers or heightening throttle response in accordance with a quick turn or need for sudden acceleration.
Interestingly, the video isn’t clear how this brain-measuring device and the added driving enhancement relates to Nissan’s push toward autonomous vehicles. The nature of autonomous driving is to remove the human driver from the equation. Nissan could be using the system only when the vehicle isn’t in autonomous mode. We should know more sometime next week when Nissan reveals its new brain-to-vehicle technology at CES 2018.
Nissan and Microsoft are volting in and joining forces after the Japanese automaker announced that all Nissan LEAF models and Infiniti models in Europe would be be fitted with the company’s new Connect Telematics Systems connectivity platform. More importantly, these platforms will be powered by Microsoft Azure, a program that provides a global cloud platform that will allow car owners to have a remote connection to their vehicles, even when they’re not inside their respective cars.
Like most connectivity platforms that have been introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show, Nissan’s Azure-powered CTS platform will open up a world of new mobility and technological solutions for owners of the Nissan LEAF and Infiniti models across the pond. Among the notable features of the CTS is the ability to use mobile phones as substitute remote controls that will be capable of adjusting in-car controls from a distance.
A Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant will also be introduced as a standard feature for all Nissan LEAFs around the world. Imagine the convenience of not having to read through and reply to text messages by hand. This feature cuts out that tedious and often dangerous practice, replacing it with a system that can read the text out loud to the driver and allow the driver respond by voice or through pre-set responses that can be accessed via switches on the steering wheel. Instead of having to write down “on my way” in response to a text, a driver can just say it out loud or press a button on the wheel to send the same message.
Nissan’s promise to deliver a more innovative and intelligent future for its connected technologies took a big step with its partnership with one of the biggest tech companies in the world. With this collaboration with Microsoft in place, Nissan is definitely on its way to making good on all of its promises.
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