Vincent Wijnen, senior vice president for Nissan in Asia & Oceania, recently spoke with Analyse Asia's Bernard Leong. In its 268th episode, the popular business podcast focused on the future of mobility in Asia.
"There are several autonomous drive technologies already existing in our cars today; most without the driver even thinking about them. The idea is to introduce more and more of these technologies gradually in to the cars to create a safe, stress-free and relaxing drive. We're making it a reality through Nissan Intelligent Mobility," said Wijnen.
"Drivers choose how much they want to engage autonomous drive features so their driving experience is exactly as they want it to be. So you can take the steering wheel as you please, but be driven as you like – for example on a highway or when stuck in traffic. Or simply when you prefer to do something else on the road," he added.
Speaking about electrification of mobility, Wijnen said: "We believe the future of mobility in the region is electric, and we are the forefront of it. We've been making electric vehicles longer than anyone else, we've sold more than anyone else and - together with our Alliance partners - we've got a plan for the future that is more credible than anyone else. We launched the first mass-produced electric car, and there are now more than 350,000 Nissan LEAFs on the road."
Electric vehicles (EVs) don't just change the way we drive, but also the way we live. Wijnen: "EVs create a new type of car ownership, whereby they become an integral part of the energy grid – powering your house or office. Decreasing costs, together with technological advancements, are driving factors behind the fast growth of electric vehicles. Independent agencies forecast a cost crossover between Battery Electric Vehicles and Internal Combustion Engines by mid 2020s. Saying that, we're offering many other options, including e-POWER, ICE engines and hybrid alternatives."
Listen to "Episode 268: The Future of Mobility in Asia and Nissan with Vincent Wijnen" above or on the Analyse Asia site, SoundCloud or Overcast. Follow Vincent Wijnen on Twitter.
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