Nissan plans on introducing a "Realistic EV" at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Show. The third-generation PIVO 3 EV is a tiny car that seats 3 people - one in the front, two in the rear. This city car is built to easily navigate metropolises, and hopes to contribute to 'smarter urban commuting.'
"The car has a futuristic technology called Automated Valet Parking (AVP). This will allow the PIVO 3 to automatically drive, locate a parking space and park. However, for such a technology to actually work, it will require a smart parking infrastructure to support it."1
Other key features of the PIVO 3 include: measurements of 9.84 ft in length, in-wheel motors to propel the car and an electric power 'by-wire' control technology. PIVO 3 can then charge itself as well, or sell excess energy to a smart grid. It can even return to the driver via a call from smartphone or mobile device. Sounds like Knight Rider territory!
Side-view monitors take the place of mirrors, minimizing blind spots, and utilizing Nissan's Around View Monitor system.
The auto maker says a road-ready version of PIVO won't be ready until 2016 or 2017. Nissan offers the best hybrid and EV cars now at Vaden Nissan of Statesboro.