Ever hear of a Faraday Cage? It’s an 180-year-old invention that uses conductive materials to block any sort of electromagnetic field from penetrating its borders. If this sounds a little sci-fi to you, you’re not wrong; Faraday Cages have been spotlighted in films and shows from Enemy of the State starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman to the long-running TV show Lost. The Cage’s next big role? The Nissan Juke.
Nissan is minimizing distracted driving by utilizing the Faraday Cage as a Signal Shield. The center console of the Nissan Juke concept is actually just a Faraday Cage. When you place your device inside, it successfully blocks all incoming communications, including messages, calls, Bluetooth, and wi-fi. The device can still be connected to the car’s console through a wired connection system inside the Signal Shield. Once removed, the device will be restored to full functionality with absolutely zero damage.
Minimizing distracted driving is an important initiative that automakers across the globe are undertaking in a variety of ways. While Nissan’s Signal Shield is still just a concept, we at Haddad Nissan are interested to see if it will make its way into the mainstream of future Nissan vehicles.
For the past few years, automakers have been scrambling to be the first one on the market to introduce self-driving technology. However, a lot of brands have resolved to team up with ride-hailing services due to the expensive nature of autonomous driving. However, it seems Nissan will be the first-ever manufacturer to offer a new self-driving option on a production vehicle as soon as this year.
Considering big names like Ford weren’t even planning to have self-driving vehicles on the road until at least 2020, Nissan’s self-driving technology is a big deal. The option will be available on the 2017 Qashqai in the UK market for a relatively small additional fee of £1,500 or, in USD, about $1,910. The system in the Qashqai will be called the ProPILOT and is the first of three different versions that will roll out across Nissan’s lineup in the next four years.
The next version of ProPILOT, Highway Pilot, is coming next year in 2018 and will provide features like the ability to switch lanes and pass other cars, while the third version, Intercity Pilot, will be able to drive autonomously in urban areas. This new self-driving option is a major step toward technology and innovation in Nissan’s lineup and is very exciting to experts and enthusiasts everywhere.
The Haddad Nissan team is very excited about Nissan’s progress towards autonomous vehicles!
Unlike Nissan’s fully autonomous concept, the ProPilot system is designed to merely assist human drivers
Welcome to the future—or at least, the near future! Nissan is premiering their first semi-autonomous driving system this year, and it’s going to be a driving experience like never before. It’s called the ProPilot system.
This system will debut in Nissan’s home country of Japan first before it comes to the United States, where interested families can get their hands on a new minivan with the ProPilot system. It will debut in the Nissan Serena in Japan, which is slightly different than the Quest.
The system acts as a highway assist using a single camera to read lane markings and distance from other cars. It differs from Subaru’s twin cameras and the camera/radar/ultrasound in the Tesla.
ProPilot doesn’t rely on any radar or lidar sensors, but it can steer, brake, and accelerate your car automatically. It takes cruise control to a whole new level, working between 19 and 62 mph when in constant traffic. You’ll get a button on the steering wheel that starts ProPilot.
The system is expected to improve even more and be capable in higher speed once it gets to the U.S. So get excited, soon you might be a Nissan co-pilot with Nissan as the driver!
Every automaker seems to have some kind of infotainment system in most of their vehicles. Nissan is no different, packing the NissanConnect infotainment system into most models. From the basics to more advanced features, NissanConnect is designed to appeal to drivers everywhere with benefits far beyond what other automakers offer.
Possibly the most important benefit of NissanConnect is the added peace of mind and security. Response specialists are on-call at the touch of a button. If your airbags are deployed and you’re unable to hit the button, a live agent will send first responders to your location.
If there’s a young driver behind the wheel, NissanConnect can help you keep control. Curfew, Max Speed, and Boundary Alerts will notify you if your teen pushes the limits. On top of that, you’ll receive an alert if there’s a warning light on in the vehicle.
It’s a whole new musical world with NissanConnect. Packed with music apps, like Pandora and iHeart Radio, you can pick and choose what to listen to from a massive selection. Bluetooth your smartphone or iPod and listen to your playlists. Equipped with SiriusXM Travel Link, you can check out local movies, sports scores, stock market data, weather, and much, much more!
The NissanConnect infotainment system is an all-encompassing system that will fit the needs of every driver! Here at Haddad Nissan, we have the know how to answer all of your questions!
One of the latest new conveniences of the automotive world are remote starters. At first, it may seem like they only provide a minor convenience boost, but we’ve found they are one of the most popular features among our customers at Haddad Nissan. That’s why this month during YESvember we’ve got some great deals on them (they make great early Christmas gifts!). There are plenty of benefits of a remote starter. Here are a few:
- Comfort: Isn’t it nice to be able to hop in your car in the winter and enjoy the warmth right from the get-go? That’s just one of the benefits of a remote starter, and we promise you’ll never get tired of it.
- Safety: Warming up the car has the added advantage of making it easier to scrape or defrost the windows, improving your visibility and safety in snowy conditions.
- Engine Care: Warming up your engine for a minute or two before heading out is useful as it allows the motor oil to become more viscous and provide more lubrication.
- Resale Value: Being able to include a remote starter with your car can significantly increase its resale value, especially if you live in a snowy region.
Renault-Nissan Alliance has sold over 250,000 EV’s worldwide. This is over half of all global EV sales.
Four and a half years after the Nissan LEAF was introduced to the world, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has reached a new milestone with 250,000 electric vehicles sold. This number accounts for more than half of all the electric vehicles sold worldwide, encompassing all brands.
“The trend globally to impose tougher restrictions on automotive CO2 emissions, to mitigate the impact of climate change, means eventually all automakers will need to offer zero-emissions alternatives in their fleets,” said Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn. “The most practical alternative today is the EV.”
Even though fuel prices have been dropping, the Alliance’s global EV sales were up 15 percent through the first five months of the year, in large part thanks to Nissan itself. LEAF sales were responsible for more than 180,000 of that milestone quarter million and the automaker was up 13.3 percent last month, setting a new June record with 124,228 units sold.
The most successful models included the Rogue and Murano crossovers, the Pathfinder SUV, the Altima sedan, and the all-new eighth-generation Maxima, which went on sale last month at Haddad Nissan. Overall sales of Nissan crossovers, SUVs, and trucks were up 30.3 percent, also a new record!
The latest craze in automotive technology is the development of an autonomous car – one that can drive itself, without human intervention.
By 2020, “Our cars will be ready,” said Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn Monday during a press conference.
This is very exciting news, although it’s not very surprising, as Nissan has always been at the forefront of innovative automotive technology. And developing a successful autonomous vehicle has been a huge goal for popular automakers, and even companies like Google.
Can you imagine life 5 years from now if everyone “drove” cars that drove themselves? We would have so much more free time – all of those hours spent weekly communing from place to place could be spent elsewhere, and long road trips would be a lot more painless!
We don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves, but it’s fun to imagine a world of driverless cars. How do you picture it? Tell us in the comments!