Nissan’s Pivo

Nissan’s Pivo
Nissan’s Pivo – This concept electric car was first unveiled to the public at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. The three-seater uses Nissan’s high-performance lithium-ion battery to power its electric engine, resulting in an emissions-free car.

Designed by Nissan along with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, the Pivo includes many innovative technologies that might find their way into the automotive industry in the next few years. Nissan’s "Around View Monitor" reduces blind spots by displaying the external surroundings on screens mounted on the inside of the car’s A-pillars on either side of the windshield. A dash-mounted infrared (IR) commander allows the driver to operate the navigation and stereo systems without letting go of the steering wheel, with simple finger movements. But maybe the most innovative aspect of the Pivo is its ability to revolve its cabin 360 degrees, eliminating the need to go into reverse. That’s good, because you’ll be fiddling with the stereo.

More pictures and information on the Pivo can be found on Nissan’s webpage.
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Iddo Genuth

Iddo has a B.A. in Philosophy and Cognitive Science and an M.A. in Philosophy of Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently writing his Ph.D. thesis on the relationship between the scientific community and industry. Iddo was awarded the 2006 Bar Hillel philosophy of science prize for his work on the relationship between science and technology. He is a member of the board of the lifeboat foundation and was the editor of several high-profile science and technology websites since 1999.

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