Nissan Prepares Land Glider Concept for Tokyo

{img1 align-left}Nissan has just announced that its Land Glider Concept will most likely be included in the Japanese carmaker’s lineup to be showcased at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, scheduled to take place between October 24 and November 4. The concept has been developed as a new 4-wheeled zero-emissions mobility vehicle solution for the crowded urban traffic.

According to the manufacturer, the Land Glider Concept is an “unique two-seater, cocoon-like structure sitting on a zero emission powertrain.” The personal city commuter, as the concept it is supposed to be, features steering-by-wire and a lean capability when cornering, just like that of a motorcycle.

The vehicle is able to lean up by 17 degrees, it employs sensors for vehicle speed, steering angle and yaw rate to instantly calculate the level of lean required to negotiate a corner. Nissan says that all the driver must do is turn and the cabin will lean accordingly.

"The exterior incorporates a soft, sleek-looking body that appears to be protected by a special armor,"
explains Takashi Nakajima, Nissan's Project Design Director. "And while it is very mechanical in its nature, the four-wheeler boasts a dynamic body design that almost seems alive. As part of Nissan's expanding zero emission family, the Land Glider exudes a clean, friendly attitude."

The Land Glider is powered by two electric motors mounted at the rear with lithium-ion batteries mounted beneath the floor. Moreover, it features a non-contact charging system that can be charged whilst shopping at a supermarket or stopping at a motorway service station.

Though it may seem like a fragile and exposed vehicle, the concept benefits from a “car-robotics style crash avoidance system in which sensors mounted in the body detect other vehicles in the same way as fish swim in schools without colliding. This system directs the vehicle's path away from any obstacles,” Nissan says.
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