Don’t Talk to Me While I’m Driving


Saturday marks the start of the Tokyo Motor Show, but the news is already showing model cars. There were some odd designs like the Hi-CT from Toyota, which looks kind of like a semi rig, but scaled down for two. Nissan’s Pivo2 caught my attention for a few reasons.

The overall appearance is similar to a carriage, with the main body being large and bulbous and settled between the four wheel assemblies. It is a three-seater, with the driver sitting slightly ahead of the passengers in the middle of the vehicle. The cabin can be rotated 360 degrees so you can easily drive the car “sideways”. If you take a look at the interior photos, you will notice they made a huge design error. The shape is very lounge-like, but the back rest of the driver’s seat destroys any make out opportunities for the passengers. Here is the official Nissan concept site in English. You can navigate to see their other vehicles from there. It certainly doesn’t follow the standard car configuration, but I think it has some features that show promise.

The biggest flaw I saw was the Robotic Agent, which sits in the dash and talks to you. On the TV, the driver asked the robot to search for parking lots and seek out uncrowded roads. The robot spun around to look in the direction of the lots as it informed the driver of the locations. All this spinning and chatting in front of the driver must be unnecessarily distracting. Navigation systems are great, but they should be secondary to the safety of the driving experience.

If you look at the 2005 Pivo, you can see it has changed a bit.


2 Responses to “Don’t Talk to Me While I’m Driving”

  1. Sylvia Says:

    And I thought the Smart Car looked funny…

  2. びっくり Says:

    Yeah, definitely an unconventional appearance here.

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