Nissan has already announced plans to launch self-driving cars by the year 2020, but what form will these new autonomous vehicles take? Without the need for traditional steering wheels and other vehicle components, designers will have much more freedom when it comes to how a car’s interior will look. Nissan has revealed its vision of the future of autonomous driving with the new IDS concept at the Tokyo Motor Show.

“Nissan’s forthcoming technologies will revolutionize the relationship between car and driver, and future mobility,” stated Nissan president and CEO Carlos Ghosn. In August 2013, Ghosn said that by 2020 Nissan plans to equip autonomous drive technology on multiple vehicles and today Nissan says that it is on track to meet that goal.

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As a preview of Nissan’s future, the IDS concept features the Nissan Intelligent Driving system that allows it to drive on its own without the intervention from a driver. “Nissan Intelligent Driving improves a driver’s ability to see, think and react. It compensates for human error, which causes more than 90 percent of all car accidents.”

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While the concept isn’t a direct preview of the next-generation Leaf, its big battery pack could find its way under the Leaf’s shell. The IDS is powered by a 60-kWH battery, that is double the size of the 2016 Leaf’s battery.

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