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Nissan Unveils Car That Drives and Parks Itself

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Use your smartphone to externally control the car.

A Nissan electric car that can park itself and approach its driver when "called" upon was unveiled at the Ceatec 2012 show in Tokyo.

Entitled the Nissan NSC-2015, the vehicle is currently a prototype, but its name suggests the company plan to launch the car by 2015. The NSC-2015 is a modified version of Nissan's Leaf car. It depends on cameras, sensors, computers and 4G communication technology for wireless links to navigate. To turn its wheel, meanwhile, robotics can be used, which is also utilized in order to change gears and brake.

When demonstrated at the show, the NSC drove itself at around 3mph (5km/h) in a straight line in both a forward and reverse capacity, as well as being able to successfully turn.

Nissan showcased that the vehicle could recognize road markings and was able to stop at a crossing when required. A representative from the car maker also controlled it externally, where he made the car drive towards him as he pressed several buttons on his smartphone.

"After the driver exits the NSC-2015, it starts to park itself automatically, following the instructions given by smartphone," Nissan said. "The vehicle looks for a vacant parking space while identifying its surroundings; once it detects an open parking space automated parking begins. The driver can also use smartphone commands to make the NSC-2015 vehicle leave the parking space and return to the place where he or she is."

"While parked, the car's security camera system automatically works with a camera installed in the vehicle. If the system detects suspicious behaviour, the driver is alerted automatically by a report to his or her smartphone," the company added.


However, Nissan's Tooru Futami, the engineering director at its electronics engineering development division, told Forbes that the NSC is not capable of self-driving down the street or park itself in any space yet.

Futami stressed that the demo version shown could only park itself in an area equipped with sensors, as well as being restricted to other robotic cars in order to avoid the risk of collision.

Nissan, of course, isn't the only firm who have entered the self-driving car market. Search engine giants Google already have their models successfully running in the state of Nevada, with the self-driving cars already having covered 300,000 miles.

 

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    bigdragon , November 12, 2012 3:11 AM
    "Brake! Brake! Brake now, you Mickey Mouse-piece of ****!" Does it come with secure foam?

    I love the idea of a self-driving car. Nissan should keep going with this and so should everyone else. There are a dozen things I'd rather be doing than driving, especially if I'm stuck in traffic. Having the car do things on its own is very appealing to me. I do have to wonder how the computer would behave in the presence of poorly marked roads. Plenty of roads in Maryland have nearly completely worn lines or lines that were put down by drunken highway construction crews judging from the way the stripes weave back and forth.
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    bigdragon , November 12, 2012 3:11 AM
    "Brake! Brake! Brake now, you Mickey Mouse-piece of ****!" Does it come with secure foam?

    I love the idea of a self-driving car. Nissan should keep going with this and so should everyone else. There are a dozen things I'd rather be doing than driving, especially if I'm stuck in traffic. Having the car do things on its own is very appealing to me. I do have to wonder how the computer would behave in the presence of poorly marked roads. Plenty of roads in Maryland have nearly completely worn lines or lines that were put down by drunken highway construction crews judging from the way the stripes weave back and forth.
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    seriousgamer , November 12, 2012 3:38 AM
    @bigdragon, do you really want those irresponsible teenagers controlling a car with their smartphones while they're playing angry birds or what ever crap they do right now? How about texting/talking on their phones. This also applies to adults btw.
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    velocityg4 , November 12, 2012 3:39 AM
    Sounds like Nissan is a few decades behind Google's auto drive car and others. As I recall in the 80's they had an RV that had about these same capabilities in university testing.

    I imagine Google's is a package of past research from universities and other organizations that it bought the rights to. Google's solution is the only practical one. In which the car needs to read road markings and watch cars around it. Something that requires all sorts sensors in the roadways, parking lots, &c and only works with other autonomous cars is impractical.

    Although Google's solution is hardly new. It's just another step forward. As I recall about a decade ago autonomous cars had already hit the 50 mph mark, handle moderate traffic and most road conditions. Which means it could even do dirt roads.

    I don't even see the point in this article. It's like talking about someone coming out with a new 8086 and floppy drive when Intel has the Core i7 and SSD.
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    Pyree , November 12, 2012 3:57 AM
    ^It's the commercialisation and making it widely available that counts.
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    tomfreak , November 12, 2012 4:06 AM
    Oh god, Nissan I love u, u have finally have a solution for the woman driver problem.
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    goodguy713 , November 12, 2012 4:36 AM
    yea well i dont know about you guys but construction zones would not be a good idea for this thing if it go's by road markings..
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    memadmax , November 12, 2012 4:58 AM
    I hope self-driving vehicles really flourish.
    It has the potential to stick it to the damn insurance companies
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    freggo , November 12, 2012 5:00 AM
    If you can not park a car yourself you should not have a driver's license in your pocket.
    All these gadgets take the fun out of "driving".

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    Thomas Creel , November 12, 2012 5:09 AM
    Now implement a seat that wipes my butt and an oven that cooks me breakfast all in the dashboard.
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    mman74 , November 12, 2012 5:39 AM
    Seriously what happens if it hits something whilst in auto with no-one it? What if someone hit it? Who is liable? Where does the law stand on driverless cars in accidents? I am sure we would like to know before we actually rush out and buy!
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    xkm121 , November 12, 2012 5:46 AM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUbn0nB_GQQ&feature=related
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    mman74 , November 12, 2012 5:52 AM
    And what if I hit it, because I saw nobody was in it and thought the car was stationery? Who in their right mind would ever expect an empty vehicle to move? Will it then have tinted windows? Is that accident my fault? What if it was in auto mode and there was an emergency vehicle behind, would it know it needs to give way as required by law, and then be able to distinguish between an emergency vehicle and some tailgater in a rush? Can an autonomously moving car be considered as having exercised due control of the vehicle at all times? What if I was over the legal alcohol limit but the car was moving autonomously? What if my daughter who is under the age of driving limit executed the command to call the vehicle on her phone, is that considered under-age driving, or driving without a license? These are just questions I can think of in 5 minutes.
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    vaughn2k , November 12, 2012 5:59 AM
    They should be developing cars which does not need fossil fuels to power, and make it commercialized. The oil and gas industry is robbing people and making more and more money from us.
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    IQ11110002 , November 12, 2012 6:39 AM
    What if you feel like a snack or drink on the way to it's destination and want to stop at a service station.
    What if some of you out there have kids and they suddenly need to pee or are about to be sick in the car.
    There are a lot of what if's that are easily solved if you are the driver! Self driving cars seem pointless if you want automated transport then use public transport,hail a taxi or win lotto and be chauffeur driven everywhere. ;) 
    Seems like another attempt at taking away ones freedoms, What next a car that detects you haven't had 8 hours sleep you have only had 7.59 so it won't let you in the car,Would make a good comedy sketch some of these scenarios!
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    giovanni86 , November 12, 2012 7:37 AM
    Quote:
    If you can not park a car yourself you should not have a driver's license in your pocket.
    All these gadgets take the fun out of "driving".



    Fun out of driving.. I don't call 1-2 hours stuck in traffic fun. Even if its my job where i make tons of money to make my living. Fun, you mean in NFS or GT5 where your driving really fast and just stomping out the competition while your listening to some amazing tunes in the game. I mean yeah thats fun, but real life fun in a car mmm i would find it somewhat annoying, i rather have the car drive while i stay productive doing something else rather then stopping and going(maybe play a game or read a book or talk on the phone could be one of the many other things i rather do with my time then sit a car). I honestly wish we had a damn teleporter already so i can just teleport to work and back home. Forget driving all together, after all no matter how efficient a car becomes it still has tires on it made from oil. :sleep:  Keep up the good work Nissan, though the car still looks ugly in my opinion. I rather see the volt do this.
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    deksman , November 12, 2012 8:15 AM
    FINALLY.
    This is old technology that's way overdue anyway.
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    chewy1963 , November 12, 2012 8:43 AM
    Oh no, Blue Screen of Death!
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    fuxxnuts , November 12, 2012 9:42 AM
    bigdragon"Brake! Brake! Brake now, you Mickey Mouse-piece of ****!" .


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnyhkBU1yaw
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    arnoldlouie , November 12, 2012 9:47 AM
    This is GREAT!.. until you're driving your car with your phone and the phone goes battery empty...
    or you're phone got stolen and he played need for speed with your car... I guess this things never happen...
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    waxdart , November 12, 2012 10:26 AM
    arnoldlouieThis is GREAT!.. until you're driving your car with your phone and the phone goes battery empty... or you're phone got stolen and he played need for speed with your car... I guess this things never happen...

    It is in Japan. They have phone charging stations in phone shops and theft is minimal. If you lose the phone, you'll just have to park you car like normal.
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