Nissan Pivo 2 – Concept Car – Video

Nissan unveils its electric-powered Pivo 2 concept car. Designed for urban use, the Pivo 2 features a 360-degree revolving cabin, inherited from the first-generation Pivo, allowing the driver to always face forward while driving.

The instantly recognizable change for the Pivo 2 is the color scheme (the white and grey of the 2005 concept has been replaced with blue and silver), but looking more closely, the body design has been revised as well. The individual fenders for each wheel and a more bulbous cabin lend the Pivo 2 more than a passing resemblance to a four-tentacled cephalopod for better or worse. Mechanically, much of the original concept is still present: The rotating cabin eliminates the need for a reverse gear (forward is wherever the driver faces) and power still comes from an electric motor and lithium-ion batteries. A key new feature are integrated wheel motors that enable each wheel to rotate up to 90 degrees — giving the Pivo 2 the ability to drive sideways in addition to forward.

Also new is Pivo 2’s Robotic Agent electronic driving aid. Able to converse with the driver in both Japanese and English, Robotic Agent has a voice-activated navigation and information system, allowing the driver to get information about both the vehicle and its surroundings. Robotic Agent is physically present in the Pivo 2, molded out of what appears to be plastic and located on the front console. It looks like a starry-eyed robot-monkey head. Or an alien. Or both. We’re not sure exactly which one yet.

The original Nissan Pivo from the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show

So to sum up, we’ve got some sort of electric octopus car with a robot-monkey-alien passenger built in? Well, that seems to be pretty accurate. Other cool features include the single door that comprises the entire front section of the car — much like the classic BMW Isetta — and the McLaren F1-style three-passenger seating with central driving position.

To Nissan’s credit, this electric city car concept seems to make an honest jab at incorporating some pretty far-out features that are inspired by real-world usability. That’s not something that can be said for many concepts, and that’s why we’re looking forward to seeing the car in the flesh — er, membrane? — at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show.

Scribbled on November 19th 2008 in Nisan Pivo, Nissan, Video
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