Paris: Nissan shows Townpod Concept; features dual screens and ‘The Puck’


Nissan displayed the Townpod EV Concept at the Paris Motor Show, which makes use of the same zero-emission technology found on the Nissan LEAF.

The concept car features an futuristic interior, where all controls for ancillaries such as climate control and media playback are accessed through two centrally mounted digital screens.

In addition, there are monitor in the upper section of the dash serves as an instrument panel, displaying car speed, battery status and remaining range, while the lower touchscreen provides all controls for the audio and navigation system.

It also allows users to perform system checks on the whole car and operates Nissan Townpod’s audio system.

This system is also equipped with Bluetooth wireless technology, allowing it to communicate with the driver’s Personal Digital Assistant (PDA).

Just as Nissan Townpod can connect wirelessly with the driver’s PDA, so it will also be able to access occupants’ personal music collections, or whatever device they use to receive Internet radio.

“These devices may remain in passengers’ pockets, but it is also beneficial to keep them in within view, in some kind of bracket. But we do not know what these devices of the future will look like, let alone where passengers will want to keep them. So, we have developed The Puck”, said François Bancon, general manager of Nissan’s Exploratory and Advance Planning Department.

The Puck is a rubber ball, about the size of a squash ball, with a wide grove cut into it. This groove can accommodate drink holders, cell-phone rests, hand-bag hooks or other items Nissan or third-party manufacturers think will be useful as the tools we use in our daily lives evolve.

The Pucks themselves slot into rounded troughs set into the car’s dashboard, doors and center console. Their position and orientation are ultimately decided by the user, not the car’s designers.

Source: Nissan.

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