Nissan Motor has unveiled the Pivo 2, an advanced electric concept car that will debut at the Tokyo motor show later this month.


The Pivo 2 builds on the popularity of the first Pivo, shown at the 2005 show. Powered by advanced compact lithium-ion batteries and featuring a unique rotating cabin – meaning no reverse gear required – the first Pivo was a hit at shows from Beijing to Geneva.


The latest version also has a robotic agent to share every trip and new ‘revolutionary’ technology with 360 degree turning cabin and 90 degree turning wheels


“Pivo 2 takes the idea of an environmentally friendly electric urban commuter vehicle and delivers fun, functionality and a unique relationship between the car and driver,” Nissan said in a statement. The vehicle uses ‘by-wire’ technologies for braking and steering.


Where the first Pivo, with its fully rotating cabin design, made reversing obsolete, the Pivo 2 takes that easy mobility concept to a new level. Each of the four wheels are powered by Nissan’s advanced electric in-wheel 3D Motor and can turn through 90 degrees to allow the Pivo 2 to drive sideways as well as forward.


With conversations possible in Japanese and English, the robotic agent has been created to make every journey less stressful. It provides a unique interface through which to communicate with the car on everything from basic vehicle functions through to the nearest available parking.