Cars of the Future

Nissan Pivo 2

Nissan Pivo 2

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These days, the best designs are the unique looking ones plus cars that have the most innovative engines. And so concept cars that promote these characteristics are very much appreciated and encouraged. It is a tight competition out in the car industry, not to mention a huge industry at that. Japan for one has given us a huge number of great concepts in regards to car designs aside from other things Japan is known for. The land of the rising sun has had a fair amount of peculiar yet classic designs that are out in the market. As an example, Japan has given us the Nissan Pivo 2,which at first glance would make you think of how kooky the design is. It is a completely different design of a car compared to our normal four wheeled automobiles. Because the Nissan Pivo 2 design sports four wheels that can turn sideways making it an even easier task to drive, with that said, the car also shows its main feature as the sphere like car compartment in the middle as its body. If I were asked to give a wild guess, I would say the inspiration for the Nissan Pivo 2 is the pumpkin carriage in Disney’s Cinderella movie. But of course I am not entirely sure. But rest assured little girls getting on this carriage, I mean car will feel like a princess. Except this one has top of the line technology incorporated into it, with the sideway turning wheels, the main body can turn 180 degrees too, giving the driver so much more possibilities while taking the wheel. Which also means an easier U-turn and even easier parallel parking; among many other advantages the Nissan Pivo 2 offers. Did I also mention that Nissan Pivo 2 has a built in interactive robot inside? Mind blowing I know, the robot will not only be there to assist you with your driving or even help you through traffic, it can also keep you company. Giving you fewer opportunities to get into an accident due to sleep deprivation and most of all, you would never be lonely again. And for the environmentalists out there, there is an attribute created for you too. The Nissan Pivo 2 is also a full electric battery car that you charge instead of take to a gas station for gasoline and is created as a small car for the city driver.

Nissan Pivo 2 interior

Nissan Pivo 2 interior

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http://auto.howstuffworks.com/nissan-pivo.htm

http://www.tofugu.com/2012/03/08/japanese-concept-cars/

 

Mazda Kiyora

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Mazda, a prominent auto making motor corporation of Japan, has done it again. And to think Mazda already set the bar for beautiful and aerodynamic designs for their concept comes, here comes Mazda’s Kiyora concept. Kiyora is another amazingly gorgeous and futuristic design in line with Mazda’s Kazamai (which interestingly was exhibited for the world to see in the same year which is year 2008 at the Paris Motor Show if you do not mind knowing). Both are very beautiful concept designs for Mazda’s line of cars and yet different in the direction of its design development. One of them resembles wind with the name Kazamai (Translated to English would be Swirling Crosswinds) and the other like water with the name Kiyora (Translated to English would be Clean and Pure which Gergory Vera who is the designer of Kiyira’s interior as ‘liquid skin display’), I think I see a pattern here and now I am hoping they design all the elements out there. And don’t you just love the nicely chosen names of Mazda’s cars? Kiyora also has Mazda’s safety system installed in the concept car which is the stop system or what it is officially called as the i-stop and the braking system having Kiyora both have a beautiful design and also the works plus Mazda Sky-G 1.3L; because safety is always first priority and Mazda has it diligently working to get these results. This amazing concept of a compact car also seats a maximum of 4 persons comfortably, not as many as most cars but although limited space they still maximize the utility and ergonomics of it. Its overall length is 3770 mm, overall width is 1685 mm, overall height is 1350 mm, its wheelbase is 2495 mm, and best of all being true to its design and setting the bar functions, this lovely car sports the Tires Michelin 215-45 R18, just right for the overall look. But the good things about Kiyora does not stop there, aside from that, also in Kiyora would be its improvement on aerodynamic design plus it is far lighter by 100 kilograms making this design a low fuel consuming and near future compact concept car thus further developing and holding on to Mazda’s long term technology development ‘Sustainable Zoom Zoom’. Now that would be saying something and we will be crossing our fingers that Mazda’s Kiyora be able to frequent the streets.

Futuristic Space Elevator: Is it Possible?

Movies have been one of the many place people voice out their dreams and visions of the future. Among hover cars, speed shoes, and mind powered machinery, one thing that everyone envisions for the future would be an ability to reach space. Since only a few, selected people can train and be sent to the most awesome place in the universe, others do what they can to get the same thrilling experience. Scientists of today do what they can to make space travel more accessible for all and one of those ways that are believed to do so would be through the space elevator. In truth, Japanese scientists have announced in 2012 that they are ambitious to construct a space elevator and complete it by 2050.

Tokyo-based Obayashi Corp said that this device can carry passengers in a vertical motion with a speed of 124 mph. This then delivers them to a station 36,000 kilometers above the Earth. Considering the speed and the distance, the travel will take a little more than a week. The company envisions a cable for which a 30-passenger car would be traveling through the use of magnetic linear motors as a means of propulsion. In the station, there would be both living quarters and laboratory space which would entirely be depended on solar-power generated facilities. Other than the fact that this solar-power could maintain the station and the elevator, it would also be sending down power to the ground. It is the much more economical alternative to space travel.

Japanese science and technology is one of the best in the world but despite this, the reaction towards their announcement was split between yay and nay. Space enthusiasts and fans root for the company and pray hard that they would be able to complete it. Artists have even created their own take on what the space elevator might look and have published it on the web for other fans to see.  However, other scientists and specialists in the field from different parts of the world think that this is an impossible task. The first problem would be the material – what material would be used for this kind of construction? It should be able to resist gravitation forces and other forces created by the movement of the Earth. Nanotube technology  is everybody’s bet, but the state of today’s nano technology and how it works is not quite ready for it yet. The next most obvious hurdle would be its construction and cost. It would be difficult to assess how much money would be invested on such an ambitious plan. No reports have been noted on its construction but it is difficult to imagine how construction would happened between the Earth and the 36,000 Km distance.

Fan made image of the Space elevator

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The Future of Personal Transport

The price of buying and the cost of owning a car has been an increasing problem for the Japanese. It has discouraged people of buying vehicles. Other than that, cities like Tokyo become increasingly crowded which is another impending concern. With the improvement of the automotive manufacturing and design, plus the ever growing popularity if electric powered vehicles, major Japanese carmakers have to find ways in enticing consumers to purchase vehicles. To address all the earlier concerns, some forms of electrical personal transportation have been introduced to the consumers. Though more people would prefer going on public transport than buying their own cars, even taking the public transport will have its own disadvantages.

Because of this, many people tend to buy motorcycles or scooters because they don’t occupy too much space in parking, they do not spend too much on gasoline as well. Other people prefer using their bicycles because there would be 100% savings on gasoline. Either of the three shows that one common characteristic that the Japanese prefer, it would be the fact that all of them are means of personal transport. Among the primary objectives in the improvement of the transportation industry in Japan is to make it accessible for all. Personal transportation devices have been introduced to the market years ago. Though it was not warmly received at first, it has increased its popularity among the Japanese. Over the years, personal transport devices have reached different parts of the world.

Today, there is a great variety in the market of personal transport. Innovators from Japan never stop conceptualizing new ideas to turn into realistic projects. One example would be the Kobo. This is an example of a personalized vehicle that can seat a single person. It looks like a motorcycle, but it has two wheels in front to create a wider base. This wider base makes it easier for the user to balance, compared to using a normal motorcycle. It can also travel at a speed of 19mph, and would definitely fit in the city because heavy traffic speeds are significantly lower than this speed. There is even an automatic one-man robot car that has the ability to drive itself (known as ROPITS).

ROPITS

The original objective of personal travel vehicles it preplace wheelchairs and provide a means of transport that is both convenient and efficient. In the long run, more people are using it in their homes, offices and even for play and leisure.  Some personal transportation devices may look unusual and weird however, for as long as it takes the user to his destination it is good enough.

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Japan Maglev Trains

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Tired of riding 8 to 10 hours of train? Now a day’s we already have high speed trains that makes 8 hours trip to just a couple of hours. This type of train is Maglev trains, Maglev is short for magnetic levitation and the technology uses magnets to propel the vehicle unlike other trains that uses wheels and axles that is in contact with the ground and bearings of the vehicle that is subjected to friction that reduces the speed of the vehicle and makes the vehicle exert more effort to speedup. Maglev train is also more quiet than other transit system. The only resistance that the Maglev trains have to overcome is air resistance other than that is not a problem with this system. Researchers are developing a vacuum tunneling system that will nullify the resistance of air or drag.

 

In 1985, Japan have developed two maglev trains. One of which is HSST of Japan Airlines and the other is SCMaglev of Central Japan Railway Company. New developments started in 1969 in Miyazaki test track, they tested trains up to 517 Kilometers per hour. But in 1979 an accident occurred that let engineers decided to make a new design. In 1980’s testing of the system continues that the developed the SCMaglev. The development of HSST started in 1974 that was based on Germany’s technology.

 

In Japan there is a Maglev train in operation that is Linimo or also called as Tobu Kyuruo Line that have 9 stations and 5.6 miles long. The train’s magnetic linear motor has a top speed of 100 kilometers per hour. In just the first three months of operation the system have serve more than 10 million passengers and the trains is very quiet that don’t disturb the establishments that the train passes through. The trains are developed by Chubu HSST Development Corporation.

 

There is a new system that is under construction that will connect Tokyo to Nagoya and Nagoya to Osaka. The project is the Chuo Shinkansen bullet train system that cost 9 trillion yen or  few billion U.S. dollars that was started in year 2011 and has a top speed of 500 kilometers per hour. The president of JR Central Masayuki Matsumoto said in April of 2007 that they expected the system will start rendering service from Tokyo to Nagoya in the year 2025 and in the year 2045 the system is expected to be fully operational. The rest of the world is looking on, with high expectations!

 

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Hardcore Pickups

 

When you have a lot of load or you need more seats, buying a pick up is the right option. There are many countries who buildpickup trucks, but if you’re looking for a pick up that is fuel efficientand will not hurt your pocket. Go for Japanese pickup trucks not only is it safe but also easy to handle and maintain.

Japan’s top pickup trucks

Nissan Frontier
Although it is not the most efficient in fuel, nor the cheapest and the most powerful pickup truck in Japan, it is still considered a balanced pickup truck by Japan. The Nissan frontier in 1998 was the first pickup design by Nissan, after a while Nissan decided to improve the design by adding 4 crew cab door. The Nissan Frontier continued to be upgraded by changing the exterior and installing a supercharged engine. With the increase of the present Nissan Frontier’s body style it is now placed in the midsize truck category.

Nissan Frontier (2014)

Nissan Frontier (2014)

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The Nissan Frontier (2015) aims to be the best pickup truck for the future time, sound framework, Bluetooth and web radio will be featured in this vehicle. This new model is said to be secured because of the materials used, besides the same measurement there will also be modification on the body style and interior of the Nissan Frontier.

Nissan Frontier (2015)

Nissan Frontier (2015)

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Toyota Tacoma
Toyota Tacoma has always been in the compact and midsize category, because of its durability and body structure it can be used off road, it is truly a reliable pickup.
They have dominated the midsize truck market by becoming the best seller
Choosing the right engine is tough , you have a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque but to get the best performancechoose 4.0-liter V6 that puts out 236 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque.
Tacoma offers three models which are double cab, access and regular cab

Tacoma Double Cab

Tacoma Double Cab

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It has the following:
Front bucket seats with center console
Power windows, door locks and outside mirrors
Full rear 60/40 split bench seat
4.0-liter, DOHC, 24-valve, VVT-i V6 knocking out 245 horsepower (only 4 by 4 double cab)

Tacoma Access Cab

Tacoma Access Cab

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It has the following:
Power windows and door locks
Fold-up rear seats with center/under-seat storage
Large rear hinge access door

Tacoma Regular Cab

Tacoma Regular Cab

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It has the following:
Side curtain and seat-mounted side airbags 15
Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS)

In global scale, japan remains to be a dominator all around that is why Japan can be considered as one of the center of car design and industry.

References:
http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2012/02/top-10-most-fuel-efficient-pickup-trucks.html
http://www.autobytel.com/trucks/car-buying-guides/10-best-japanese-trucks-113998/
http://carsconcept001.com/2015-nissan-frontier-release-date/
http://www.edmunds.com/toyota/tacoma/
http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/

 

Electric cars set to become better; thanks to Japan

What causes the car to move? The answer is simple. Despite the common connotation that accelerators run cars, it is actually the clutch or transmission that is responsible for the proper functioning of cars. But of course, the car would not really function as a whole if not of this in demand material- fuel. However, due to the rapid increase in its price, many have tried to come up of alternatives to it. One of which is through electricity, in the form of batteries.

The popularity and success of electric cars in the market is without a doubt. But some ambiguities with it have raised questions and criticism among consumers. Fortunately, a new technology from Japan is set to be released. This will further improve electric cars and can be a start of a new era of transportation.

A large portion of the high cost of electric cars comes from their batteries. Furthermore, users of electric cars often complain that it takes them so much time to recharge the said batteries. Time consuming and of high cost, who would want to buy such a thing? But a new battery technology from Power Japan Plus promises to solve the said issues, and furthermore improve thermal safety into the bargain.

According to Cnet.com, Power Japan Plus announced in February of the year 2014 what it calls the Ryden, or Dual Carbon, battery, with carbon anode and cathode that allows for charging at 20 times the rate of current lithium ion batteries. Further, Power Japan Plus claims the new batteries experience no thermal change while discharging, so electric carsusing the new technology would not need a battery cooling system to prevent thermal overrun.

One of the cost factors for current lithium ion batteries are the metals, cobalt, nickel, and manganese, that go into the cathode. Power Japan Plus has found a way to use cathodes and anodes in lithium-ion batteries constructed of carbon, a much more common and less expensive material. In addition, the company developed what it calls Carbon Complex, an organic carbon derived from cotton suitable for its Dual Carbon battery.

The Ryden battery offers the same energy density of current lithium-ion batteries, so would not allow extended vehicle range based on that factor. However, the ability to charge faster might lead to shorter stops at recharging stations. For example, the Nissan Leaf can be charged from empty to full in four hours. The Ryden battery would cut that time down to 12 minutes.

Nissan Leaf- the outstanding car

Nissan Leaf- the outstanding car

Power Japan Plus claims its new battery technology can also discharge completely without damage to the battery, potentially letting vehicle makers get more use from the electricity in the batteries. With current electric cars, the power electronics do not allow full charging or complete discharge of the battery in order to preserve the battery life.

Power Japan Plus claims its new battery technology can also discharge completely without damage to the battery, potentially letting vehicle makers get more use from the electricity in the batteries. With current electric cars, the power electronics do not allow full charging or complete discharge of the battery in order to preserve the battery life.

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Japan and Green Engines

Eight Japanese Car producers joined forces in what many believes to be beneficial to many, including the environment. This is bad news of course for their international competition. With the help of two of Japan’s leading universities, big time companies such as Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Suzuki, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Daihatsu, and Fuji created a project that aims to slash engine emissions to meet tougher environmental standards.

The two universities that will be helping the eight companies are University of Tokyo and the Waseda University. The ten elite institutions plan to develop a technology that can cut diesel engine carbon-dioxide emissions by 30 percent from 2010 levels.

The Business daily Nikkei reported statistics showing that despite the growing demand for electric vehicles, internal combustion engines are expected to remain the main source of power for cars for the time being. This is why the manufacturers plan to adapt the technology for commercial use in both diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles. These companies hope to gain a leg up over foreign carmakers, particularly the Europeans as well as helping to meet the tightening of environmental regulations around the world.

When it comes to cars which are fuel-efficient and with low-emission, Japanese carmakers have long been leading the competition. But in recent years, German car makers such as BMW and Volkswagen are seen as having caught up particularly in diesel engine development.

The project is forecast to cost about two billion yen ($19.7 million) in its first three years from the current fiscal year which started on April 1, Nikkei said, with the Japanese government set to subsidize two-thirds of the first year costs.

In the year 2030, a survey conducted by the thinkthank Fuji Keizai Group suggests that 89 percent of cars at that time will still be combustion powered vehicles. Hence, this project, despite of its cost will be very much beneficial not only for the eight companies but also for consumers, and more importantly the environment.

Many have still been questioning the motives of this move saying that the Japanese carmakers are not really concerned with the environment but are only wary of their competition. But for me, their intentions are not really important. Whatever their reasons are, at least they will be creating a program that will benefit the whole world. I am very much hoping that this project will push through and be developed immediately.

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Toyota is one of the eight companies that made a move for a greener environment

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