It all gets underway this week at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.
Because the Detroit Auto Show is taking place this coming June instead of this month for the first time ever, all of the attention now is focused on the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Set to get underway this Tuesday, January 7 through Friday, January 10, CES has become much more than an electronics and gadget show. Automakers now fight to get space and attention as they display their own latest technologies, many of which are slated for production.
For this year's show, Nissan has announced it's "bringing a touch of Japanese hospitality" to help show off its vision for the future of mobility, among them a zero-emission ice cream truck. You read that right. We first heard about Nissan's 2020 CES plans last month but today full details have been made available.
As we already knew, the Nissan Ariya Concept is making its North American premiere following its debut last October at the Tokyo Motor Show. The Ariya Concept, whose styling could preview the next-generation Rogue and Murano, is an all-electric crossover that rides on an all-new EV platform. It's not just a concept car "based on far-off ideas; it's a showcase of technologies available in the very near term," said Takao Asami, Nissan's senior vice president for research and advanced engineering.
Nissan has actually taken many of these new technologies "out of the vehicle," so to speak, and developed new ways they can be used. Aside from the Nissan CES booth offering Japanese hospitality with a unique fragrance, but also the aforementioned zero-emission ice cream van. Not only does the e-NV200-based light commercial vehicle have an all-electric drivetrain, but it also features a portable power pack that uses lithium-ion cells recovered from an early first-gen Nissan Leaf that powers the onboard equipment.
There's also the ProPilot golf ball, a golf ball that basically makes it possible to cheat at golf; it will always find the hole. Nissan's booth will feature a putting green where an overhead camera will detect the position of the ball and hole, and sensing tech and an internal electric motor guarantees the putt will stay on course. This is symbolic in that vehicles equipped with ProPilot 2.0 can maneuver along a predefined highway route.
Additional displays include a Formula E race car, the Nissan Leaf e+, and a Power Selfie that will help users recreate a Formula E driving experience.