Nissan IDS autonomous concept points at the future Nissan LEAF

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Back in August 2013 Nissan President and Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn aimed to have multiple vehicles equipped with autonomous technology by the year 2020, and this latest Concept demonstrates the Japanese company is on-track to achieving its goal. In other words, in situations where it isn't pleasant or even needed to drive, such as rush-hour traffic, the Nissan IDS Concept is happy to take over.

The descriptor of Nissan's forthcoming autonomous EV concept's teaser image reads thus: "The future version of vehicle intelligence and electrification".

It's not another Leaf, but Nissan's treating its IDS concept vehicle as an equally huge a step for automobiles.

As detailed earlier this week, the Intelligent Driving system utilises five radar sensors, 12 cameras, four laser scanners and a number of ultrasonic sensors to give the vehicle's computers a 360-degree view of its surroundings, all working together to help it make split-second decisions during autonomous driving.

Nissan has previewed its new electric autonomous driving concept. It imitates the accelerating, braking and cornering style of the driver.

The IDS Concept is believed to feature a few of the design elements that could be seen on the new Leaf.

Users will be able to control the car's autonomous driving functions either by voice or by gestures. Seats pivot slightly to face each other to enhance conversation, too. Interior lighting switches to blue. Instead of being a hardcore driver's vehicle, the Teatro for Dayz is more like a giant rolling tablet that can be transformed into a mobile rave. Were I a betting man, I'd say it's somewhere close to 200 miles for a full charge, considering the 30 kWh battery on the Leaf yields 107 miles of EPA-rated driving range. Google has been testing self-driving cars in Silicon Valley, as have US-based Tesla and General Motors, while Nissan has vowed to put an experimental automated auto on Japan's highways as soon as 2016.

Nissan does not specify the concept's range, but says the IDS is meant to "meet the need to drive long distances".