The simulator itself, developed together with NAMCO BANDAI Games, has nothing special to offer. It is just that, a driving simulator. The novelty is that the simulator depicts an Yokohama City of the not-so-distant future, a city where a Smart Grid charging network is already in place and EV owners don't have to suffer from all that range anxiety everybody is talking about.
The simulator is also the first in the world which allows more than one vehicles to travel simultaneously and interact with one another. The simulator renders road structure, buildings and facilities without any restrictions on a 3D screen whose pixels are approximately four times larger than the full high-definition image.
The simulator is also being used to test the Next-Generation ITS (Intelligent Transport System), a system which provides driving support related to safety, efficiency and convenience. ITS is a system of the future which uses road-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-vehicle communications
All these efforts have been made to showcase Nissan's Smart Grid vision. Smart Grid is the next gen electricity network, one which can be used to connecting the supplier (power stations) with the consumers via two-way electricity and information networks.
If you are a technology enthusiast, then the CEATEC JAPAN show is the place to be next month. The event is one of the largest exhibitions of its kind in Asia, filled with cutting-edge electronic and information technologies.