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Nissan's NSC-2015 self-driving car aims to change the way we think about self-driving cars. The car is part of the CEATEC 2012 Smart Mobility Zero exhibit and is on display as a concept car. Unlike some concepts cars with aesthetic additions that give the appearance of being "from the future," the NSC-2015 hopes to change the way we drive now, or as soon to now as we can get.
Visually, the Nissan NSC-2015 looks like a cousin of the Nissan Leaf, a popular electric car already in production. The Nissan NSC-2015 has some impressive tech under its hood, like the ability to drive itself and run on an electric motor. The only giveaway that this car is no ordinary vehicle are the bright red lights in the steering wheel. I've affectionately named those lights HAL-2.
The Nissan NSC-2015 operates thanks to a series of cameras, sensors and servos. With this tech, the car was able to drive around the show floor, following along with markings painted on the floor. According to Engadget, the Nissan NSC-2015 even made a full stop at a cross-walk, proving once and for all, robots are better than us.
Me: But I want to make a "California stop."
HAL-2: I'm sorry, Nikole. I'm afraid I can't do that.
Thanks to an integrated LTE connection, you'll be able to watch the status of the car remotely with your phone. If you want, you can get notifications on where you car is, get a 360-degree view of your car, and even set off the alarm to scare neighbors, or because something illegal is going down. Your call, really.
If you're thinking, "Big deal, it's not even legal to use a self-driving car," think again. Just last week the great state of California legalized self-driving cars. We could see self-driving cars driving down Highland in less than five years. California isn't the only state to support autonomous cars, Nevada was the first state to okay it, with Florida and Hawaii potentially joining the club soon. Nissan hopes to have the Nissan NSC-2015 in production by 2015.