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Nissan Pivo 3 Concept - Tokyo Auto Show

author photo by Jeffrey Archer November 2011

Nissan showed off its take on the "next stage of urban mobility" at this year's Tokyo Auto Show. Featuring an all-electric motor with pivoting front and rear wheels, the automaker's Pivo 3 concept car boasts one of the most futuristic designs revealed in Tokyo. It's also among the most advanced, thanks to cutting-edge new technologies designed to find parking spaces, locate charging stations and even come when called.

Yes, that's right - according to Nissan, the Pivo 3 is capable of driving itself, and can come to its owner if summoned by a smartphone. Using the same technology, the hatchback can drive through a crowded parking lot or garage, seek out a space, and fully park in it without any input from the driver. According to Nissan, the Pivo 3 can even seek out spaces with charging stations, allowing it to recharge while parked.

Other technological advancements in the Pivo 3 include a voice-activated personal assistant and four pivoting wheels with an electric motor at each hub, giving the concept a miniscule seven-foot turning radius.

But the Pivo 3's most eye-catching element is its exterior styling. Finished in an unusual shade of green, the hatchback incorporates some traditional Nissan design elements - including the automaker's corporate grille - but mostly looks like a car pulled straight from the future. Design highlights include its small size, steeply raked windshield, diagonal character lines on either side and flared front fenders than stick out past its grille.

But the Pivo 3's otherworldly exterior styling has nothing on its wild interior. Featuring accent lines on the floor, seats and door panels designed to provide character, the Pivo 3's cockpit utilizes a three-passenger design in which the driver is flanked by one passenger seat on each side. Other unique features include a U-shaped steerin g wheel, cameras mounted on both sides of the dashboard that take the place of rearview mirrors and a digital gauge cluster that incorporates a navigation system, a speedometer and basic vehicle information.

While the Pivo 3 will undoubtedly remain a concept car, we wouldn't be surprised to see some of its novel technology find its way into Nissan's production cars in the coming years.

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