Nissan shows a towing system with a ramen-serving robot

Nissan shows a towing system with a ramen-serving robot


Nissan’s Ariya crossover is the automaker’s bet to replace the aging Leaf in the electric vehicle segment. And to promote the new model, the Japanese brand decided to release a video explaining the functionality of the e-4ORCE technology, the innovative all-wheel drive system present in the power train. But don’t think that this is a video with related graphics and trinkets: instead, Nissan decided to adapt the system to a robot ramen waiter.

The demonstration took place at a Japanese restaurant where a chef serves bowls of ramen on top of an autonomous robot – the official name is motorized server tray (something like “motorized waitress tray”). Initially, customers think that the car, because of its speed, will leave parts of noodles when decelerating. But what happens is that, thanks to Nissan technology, the ramen stays inside the bowl – to the surprise of buyers.

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According to the Japanese manufacturer, the e-4ORCE was designed for just that: to allow a smooth ride for passengers. The system – as shown in the video – is equipped with two electric motors, one on each axis, which work independently. All four wheels use regenerative braking during deceleration, reducing motion sickness for passengers.

“If we take the correct responses of the e-4ORCE engine control, we have the ability to control the car’s motion as soon as the brakes are closed and thus give all passengers, especially the passengers, a smooth and stable ride,” explains Chief Executive Officer Ryozo Hiraku. of Nissan’s electric vehicle engineering division.

This was not shown in the video, but the e-4ORCE technology can also track the desired test head line on any type of surface.

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Ariya is now available for pre-order in the US

Launched at the end of 2020, the Nissan Ariya is a 100% electric SUV with an 87 kWh battery that produces 389 horsepower and 61 kgfm of torque. As mentioned above in the ramen video, the Nissan model has two electric motors, one on each axle. Estimated range is 424 km.

Pre-sales of the car have already started in the United States and the starting price is $ 45,950 (about R $ 234 thousand). Currently, the only version with e-4ORCE technology is the Platinum+ e-4ORCE, which costs US$ 58,950 (approximately R$ 299,000).

Main image credit: Playback/Nissan/YouTube

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