Nissan has a vision of what the ideal fully connected car should be and foresees having cars with these key characteristics on the road by 2020. Nissan Europe's head of advanced product planning, Richard Candler, provided details on this and more in an interview with Automotive News Europe Correspondent Olive Keogh.
What is your definition of the fully connected car?
Autonomous, connected, electric. They just work so well together.
How soon will this happen?
It depends on the level of autonomy. We are launching a system next year that can manage traffic jams on the motorway for example. By 2020 we will have cars that can basically drive themselves in every situation. It will take some time for the consumer to get used to these systems. We will start by taking away some of the pain points of driving such as traffic jams and long journeys on motorways.
What is the main challenge for this area of the automotive business?
Keeping things simple and refining the user interface.
Are Google and Apple friends or foes?
There will be areas where we want to collaborate with them and areas where we don't. They’re very big companies with a lot of products. Some will be attractive to us, others will not.