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Nissan drive control system is smooth enough to delivery a bowl of noodle soup

Car maker demonstrates vehicle stabilisation technology with no-mess robotic table delivery

Engineers at Japan car-maker Nissan were possibly distracted with thoughts of lunch when they came up with the idea of delivering noodles to demonstrate the stability of its latest e-4ORCE technology.

The demonstration was designed to show how the company’s latest vehicle control technology can provide a comfortable ride in e-4ORCE-equipped vehicles as well as for bowls of noodles. Nissan staged a demonstration to show how a motorised server tray with e-4ORCE tech could swiftly deliver a bowl of ramen (noodle soup) whilst maintaining the integrity of the noodle presentation by suppressing sloshing and movement, from chef to patron, showcasing how the technology translates to benefits in Nissan vehicles.

As part of the technology offered on the latest Nissan Ariya crossover EV, e-4ORCE is Nissan’s most advanced all-wheel control technology that accurately manages power output and braking performance for smoothness and stability. The system enhances driver confidence by tracing the intended driving line over almost any road surface, including wet and snowy roads, without the need for changes in driving style or input.

Engineers fine-tuned e-4ORCE’s precision control technology and twin electric motors to provide unparalleled ride comfort for all vehicle occupants. Vehicle pitch and dive, which can cause motion sickness, are minimised through front and rear motor regenerative braking when the vehicle is decelerating.

The e-4ORCE ramen server tray used two electric motors operating independently, with special tuning from engineers, to deliver the same swift acceleration and smooth travel on the countertop as the Ariya with e-4ORCE aims for on the road.

As a slop-free delivery system for noodle soup across a smooth delivery counter, e-4ORCE was able to demonstrate accurate and smooth motor acceleration and deceleration control but wasn’t scoped to deal with the kind of terrain irregularities experienced by road users.

Developed on the background of Nissan’s long history of developing popular and capable all-terrain vehicles and other cars, e-4ORCE is a direct descendent of the Nissan GT-R’s ATTESA E-TS torque split system and the Nissan Patrol’s intelligent 4X4 system, both of which contributed to the capabilities of the drive system on the Ariya.

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