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  1. We’ll be there - thank you to our kind hosts - however, before folks get carried away with the news that the Detailing Team will also be there, may I just point out that DT activity is sensitive to prevailing weather conditions! Jeff & Joan.
  2. It will take place, but their Ctte doesn't usually form until about now and I wouldn't expect any internal ads for a couple of months.
  3. AI technology brings excitement to Nissan Japan January 21, 2022 Artificial Intelligence system one of many Nissan developments enhancing customer satisfaction Imagine if buying a new car became about choosing the best options for your lifestyle. Cars are growing more intelligent, more connected, more advanced by the day. New cutting-edge tech innovations as options are being added to an already extensive range of standardized features. As you can imagine, the amount of detailed quality inspections involved in checking each vehicle, its standard features and options on a busy production line presents challenges. However, the rapid diversification and digitalization of all manufacturing systems, not just those employed in the auto industry, is propelling innovation and providing new opportunities to deliver value to the customer. At Nissan, companywide kaizen (the Japanese industrial philosophy of continual, holistic improvement) efforts are driving the development of innovative manufacturing and inspection technologies. These technologies will not only help ensure customer satisfaction, but also create a more comfortable and efficient manufacturing environment for Nissan workers. AI evaluation system – a glimpse of what’s possible Headed by project lead, Yoshinori Sato, a team of Nissan engineers has, since 2018, been working on ways to introduce cutting-edge AI (Artificial Intelligence) technologies to car manufacturing in Japan. Yoshinori Sato, Digital Development Manager The result, an inspection scanner capable of evaluating various car parts to a 99.995 percent degree of accuracy, has been operational at Nissan’s Oppama Plant in Kanagawa Prefecture for the past year. It uses machine learning to assess new images against stored input data, and to then make intelligent quality control decisions. “We see it now as a way to help us perform certain tasks,” Sato said. “But when you take in the added potential posed by combining the technology with robotics, a whole new level of possibility is revealed. A number of physically demanding or stressful jobs beyond image recognition could potentially become mechanized and operated via AI.” Seiji Furuta, a Production Maintenance Specialist on Sato’s team, emphasized the benefits for Nissan customers, saying that “with this technology, we’re able to achieve nearly 100 percent accuracy in our inspection process, helping to ensure the customer gets exactly what they ordered.” Overcoming early AI hesitancy Despite these benefits, there were some early doubts about the team’s plans to implement AI in Nissan Japan factories. Seiji Furuta, Production Maintenance Specialist Customer safety is of course paramount and, as Furuta explained, “many people felt it was unlikely machine learning could be fully relied upon to always produce accurate results. They essentially didn’t trust AI, believing that the potential risk it posed to the smooth running of the production line was too great.” It was important for the future of the project that the team address these concerns and gain the support of their colleagues. They successfully applied for a patent in Japan for their AI evaluation system, proving the accuracy of the technology. The team also conducted extensive initial trials – at least 1,000 units for each car part the system would go on to check. Sato, Furuta and other members of the team travelled to the U.K. for further study, with Sato securing AI certification thanks to the help and support of various Nissan departments. The team also made full use of Nissan Learning Center (NLC) facilities to develop a practical training course on AI and its benefits. The course, which has been upskilling Oppama Plant employees since August, will have trained 22 beginners and another 4 intermediate-level AI technicians by the end of FY21. “Most of the other participants on the AI course were in their 30s and 40s, so I was the oldest there. But I had no problem keeping up. I’m due to start the intermediate course next month. I’m really happy to keep improving my abilities and expanding my skillset.” Nissan Technician, Shinichi Chiba Advanced levels of quality control “Of course, I don’t want to suggest that our system is perfect,” Sato said with a smile. “It’s just another reliable assurance that everything in the production process is running smoothly, allowing us to provide the highest quality products to our customers.” For Nissan employees, this is perhaps the greatest benefit of the new technology. The knowledge that that there exists an extra level of quality control provides peace of mind, allowing them to dedicate more time to other tasks. At the Oppama Plant, the AI evaluation system provides such support in three key areas. First, the button selection process for dashboards. As the parts for the dash travel along the production line, technicians often experienced difficulties selecting the right buttons and inserting them in the correct place at speed. A quick scan by the team’s AI system verifies the buttons and their position against real-time data, alerting the technician if changes are needed. Similarly, as technicians assemble a model’s side mirrors, they’re required to identify subtle variations in shade near imperceptible to the human eye. Running the mirror covers past the team’s AI scanner helps maintain consistency. Wing mirror technicians use the AI evaluation system to check subtle color variations Finally, certain models, and even certain specs within those models, feature different characteristics, such as the shape and positioning of apertures in the doors. By running the car’s body through a scanner, the AI system seamlessly – and to a near perfect degree of accuracy – helps assure consistency. Full body AI scanner checking for consistency A future potentially redefined by AI “The potential for this technology really is endless,” Sato explained. “We just have to remember that AI requires a great deal of input and information to function. There is still a lot left for us to do to guide its development.” As one of many current innovations at Nissan, it will be fascinating to watch on as AI grows in significance. Be sure to follow Nissan Stories for more on AI and our other technological advancements. AI EVALUATION SYSTEM Initially developed by Dr. Andrew Batchelor – a former neuro scientist – and his team at the Sunderland Plant, U.K., the Nissan AI evaluation system uses machine learning algorithms loosely modelled on the way the human brain works. The system stacks the various layers of an image onto one another, filtering out edges, shades, and textures. It then mixes these elements together, forming a complex representation of an object within which it can detect any anomalies.
  4. Hi, David, and welcome to the Forum! Please have a good look around and ask away if there's anything you need to know. There are more questions - and answers - in the Members' section together with our members-only events details. Jeff-W.
  5. Don’t be a stranger once the Zed’s gone - we’d love you to stay around!
  6. I would be interested in this, please Neil. It's been a long time since I demonstrated my non-existent driving skills to the CAT professionals. They could probably do with a laugh after the last 2 years. Jeff.
  7. Paul, see above - it's not the fob ....
  8. Hi Jo! HNY! I'll make Neutreus aware of your post - thank you for offering the date up. Jeff.
  9. Jeff-W

    Double Take.

    I went out in the Zed today to get some petrol and warm it through. Chose to come home via Market Square and saw this: Not only is it a 16-plate 370Z, but it is also Daytona Blue (admittedly, it’s as dirty as mine but you should see the roads around here!). Furthermore, it’s got Invidia Geminae exhausts! So now I know there are more of this rare colour on the roads. I carded it, naturally.
  10. .... and slightly more expensive than a pack of 2032s!
  11. Start with the simple stuff - make sure that the new batteries are producing the correct voltage. Some may have been on the shop shelf for years. If you haven’t got a multi-meter then try the local garage or the high street car shops. Is the car battery charged? If both of these things are good then I’m sure one of our electronic gurus will be along shortly to advise. Jeff.
  12. Happy Birthday mate! Have you stopped counting yet?
  13. Admiral multi-car policy being renewed tomorrow - Juke plus Z - down £40 from last year. Zed @£230; Juke @£170. Other car insurers are available ...... but this appears to be a reasonable premium to me, so I'm staying with them.
  14. Paul, I feel it would be profligacy of the highest order. The stickers would be adequate for me, if I had a Nismo. However, if you have just won the lottery ……
  15. Fiona, thanks for posting up this event. Open to all forum users.
  16. Paper cars made fun! December 20, 2021 A creative winter vacation with Nissan As the weather gets colder and the nights draw in, we hope you’re all wrapping up warm and staying healthy. In this latest Nissan Story, we would like to introduce a special winter holiday project: Nissan paper crafts. This project allows you to make and decorate a scale-size paper model of popular Nissan cars. It’s a creative and fulfilling way to spend time at home this winter! These paper crafts may look simple, but the process of cutting out and putting the car together poses some fun challenges. We suggest you use slightly thicker paper and quick-drying adhesive (such as wood glue) for the best, most impressive results. Try it yourself or with your kids. We’re sure that, once you get started, you won’t be able to stop! Here at Nissan, we wish you all a wonderful winter vacation. Please drive safely. Look out for upcoming Nissan Stories in the New Year! Choose models below to download. Ariya, LEAF, Kicks, Roox, Note, Elgrand, GT-R Want to try more? Click here for INFINITI models! Paper craft instruction manual Ariya, LEAF, Kicks, Roox, Note, Elgrand Items needed: ● Blank paper/card (if using paper, the thicker the better) ● Glue (quick-drying varieties, such as wood glue, are recommended) ● Scissors ● Stanley knife / box cutter ● Ruler How to make it: 1. Cut parts by carefully following the bold cutting lines. 2. Place a ruler along the fold lines – ie. the “mountain fold” or the “valley fold” – and fold carefully. 3. Apply glue to the margins where indicated, moving in sequential order, following the arrow directions. 4. Your paper craft car is ready to go once the wing mirrors are attached. GT-R Items needed: ● Blank paper (the thicker the better) ● Glue (quick-drying varieties recommended) ● Scissors ● Stanley knife/ box cutter ● Ruler ● Pencil ● Tweezers ● Toothpicks ● Used ball-point pen or stylus (anything with a thin, pointed end) How to make it: 1. Before cutting out the parts, mark each part’s number on its back using pen or pencil. 2. Place a ruler along the folding lines and trace using the ball point pen/ stylus. 3. Cut out the parts for assembly, carefully following the cutting lines. 4. Reading each description closely, carefully assemble the parts in sequential order from (1) to (8).
  17. Happy Birthday, Dave! Hope you are keeping well.
  18. Nissan and NISMO unveil Nissan Z GT500 race car for Super GT series RELEASE PHOTOS [17] SAVE DOWNLOAD SHARE 2021/12/05 YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd. today unveiled a newly designed Nissan Z GT500 race car at Fuji International Speedway. The new GT500 racer will participate in the Super GT Series starting with the 2022 season. Under the Nissan NEXT transformation plan announced in May last year, Nissan has been transforming its business to provide superior brand value. The move to enter the highly competitive Super GT series with the all-new Nissan Z sports car is part of these efforts. Nissan has always strived to deliver excitement to customers through innovation. In the early 1970s as a newcomer motor racing in the United States, Nissan clocked up straight wins at the SCCA C Production Series with the S30 240Z. In the 1990s, Nissan had multiple wins at the IMSA Series with the Z32 300ZX and its participation in the JGTC/Super GT series with the Z33 in the 2000s ultimately led to a series championship. Nissan COO Ashwani Gupta said: “The Nissan Z GT500 symbolizes Nissan’s spirit of taking on challenges and bringing excitement to life. Through our racing efforts we continue to innovate our cars and we race to win with the same daring we have displayed so many times over the years.” President and CEO of NISMO Takao Katagiri said: “We are entering the 2022 Super GT series with our all-new Nissan Z GT500 car and our huge passion for motorsports. We hope that our fans will continue to passionately support the Nissan and NISMO motorsport teams.” # # # For more information about Nissan’s products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit nissan-global.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn and see all our latest videos on YouTube. Contact Koji Okuda or Azusa Momose +81 (0)45-523-5552 nissan_japan_communications@mail.nissan.co.jp
  19. The AGM has now been changed to Zoom format and will take place on 11 Dec. See the 2021 AGM topic.
  20. Good progress in just one day. Let us know how the engine rebuild goes … best of luck. We don’t hear of many rebuilds on the forum.
  21. Nissan e.dams concludes successful pre-season test in Valencia Team and drivers test different set ups and gather valuable data to continue development work ahead of Season 8 start RELEASE PHOTOS [46] SAVE DOWNLOAD SHARE 2021/12/02 VALENCIA, Spain – The Nissan e.dams Formula E team completed the official ABB FIA Formula E World Championship pre-season test today, marking the start of its fourth campaign in the all-electric series. The new team driver Maximilian Guenther joined Formula E veteran Sebastien Buemi and the team for three days of testing at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. Buemi and Guenther, racing in the #23 Nissan Ariya and the #22 Nissan Leaf race cars respectively, completed more than 350 laps between them and gathered significant amounts of data to further develop the Nissan e.dams race machines. Running different simulations and exploring all new opportunities across the five test sessions, the team now looks to make the final preparations and development work to the race cars ahead of the start of the FIA Formula E World Championship Season 8 in Diriyah on 28 and 29 January 2022. The test also marks the debut of the striking new Nissan e.dams livery – an evolution of its recognizable Japanese kimono-themed design, which was first unveiled last week. The livery's new prominent bright red highlights and design flourish on the nosecone further assert the team's mission to demonstrate the excitement and performance of its EV technology. "It has been a great week here in Valencia, and we've accomplished what we set out to do," said Tommaso Volpe, Nissan global motorsports director. "Our main objective for this pre-season test was to validate the changes we applied to the energy management software and other control systems in the car during the off season. We now have quite a few laps under our belt, and we will be busy analysing the data and further developing our race cars ahead of the start of the season in January. In addition, we were also eager to see our new driver, Maximilian, out on track and make sure he feels confident in the car, which happened very quickly. So, overall, we're heading in the right direction, and I am pleased with the results we've achieved so far. "Our ambition for Season 8 is to confirm that Nissan is a serious contender in the championship, and also to keep using Formula E as the perfect platform to promote Nissan's expertise in electrification and our strong commitment to sustainability." Nissan e.dams co-team principals Gregory and Olivier Driot, also commented: "The team had a really productive week in Valencia for Season 8 testing. Our key goals were to implement Maximilian into the team and get him up to speed on our systems and how we operate, which we did. We also tested our software updates, which are important as the homologated powertrain remains the same as last season. Both cars ran smoothly and without issues all week, so this is a very good platform to build on. Lastly, we had a chance to trial the new qualifying and race formats on Monday and Tuesday respectively, so we know what to expect at the first round. It's not long until the season starts so we're excited to see the cars back on track in Saudi Arabia in January." Nissan races in this all-electric world championship to bring the excitement and fun of zero-emission electric vehicles to a global audience. As part of its goal to achieve carbon neutrality across its operations and the life cycle of its products by 2050, Nissan intends to electrify all-new Nissan vehicle offerings by the early 2030s in key markets. Nissan aims to bring its expertise in transferring knowledge and technology between the racetrack and road for better electric vehicles for customers. Partner Quote: Shell "It has been exciting to see the Nissan e.dams race cars on track at pre-season testing this week," said István Kapitány, Executive Vice President for Mobility at Shell. "We are looking forward to embarking on another season together. Our partnership demonstrates our long-term commitment to the sport, and to each other. We will work closely together into the exciting Gen3 era, driving technical developments and enhancing performance with our cutting-edge, high-performance E-fluids for use on track. Nissan shares our ambitions to deliver technological innovations from the racetrack to EV customers everywhere, and that is showcased in our ongoing partnership. I am excited to see what we can achieve together in 2022 and beyond." Driver Quotes: Sebastien Buemi "We had a good three-day test with no reliability issues. We tried to stick to our planned program, focusing on race simulation and not so much on pure lap time, so I think we have more potential than we showed. The track isn't ideal for Formula E cars, but we still collected plenty of data to allow us to prepare the best we can for the first race in Diriyah. "I'm confident we can have a good start to the season - I can't wait to get there and see what happens with the new qualifying and race formats. We experimented with them in Valencia and it was pretty interesting, so I'm very excited to get going with Season 8." Maximilian Guenther "I'm really pleased with my first days with the team, and my first time in the car. I immediately had a good feeling on track. We tried a lot of things and collected plenty of data, completing all the items we had set in our programme. "I'm looking forward to the start of the season. I'm feeling comfortable in the team, and in the following days and weeks we'll analyse our data to put everything together for the season opener in Diriyah."
  22. Nissan reveals high-performance Ariya Single Seater Concept Project to demonstrate the performance potential and excitement of Ariya’s all-electric powertrain in bespoke single seater racing car chassis RELEASE PHOTOS [10] SAVE DOWNLOAD SHARE 2021/12/02 Embed this cinemagraph on your website YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan revealed today its exciting new Nissan Ariya Single Seater Concept – a high-performance exploration, development and demonstration project of how the all-electric Nissan Ariya road car powertrain could be used in a bespoke single seater racing car chassis. The concept was presented at the Nissan Futures event by Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan senior vice president for global design, and Juan Manuel Hoyos, Nissan global marketing divisional general manager for brand and engagement. “We are delighted to present the Nissan Ariya Single Seater Concept from our Nissan Futures event,” said Hoyos. “At Nissan, we dare to do what others don’t. With this concept we want to showcase the high-performance potential of the Ariya’s powertrain in a motorsports-inspired package that not only hints at the design and styling of the road car that inspired it, but that also demonstrates a new and efficient EV performance language. Acting as a testbed for future technological evolution, this project can help bring excitement from the road to the race track, and also demonstrate Nissan’s expertise in transferring knowledge and technology from the race track to the road.” The Ariya Single Seater Concept explores what a future electrified performance style for Nissan could look like. Albaisa said: “As we began to shape our Nissan Ambition 2030 long-term vision, we continued to build on our Timeless Japanese Futurism design language. We are now drawing inspiration from the Japanese words shun, meaning to run fast and effortlessly, and sho, meaning to soar with power and grace. The Ariya Single Seater Concept is the perfect expression of this new language. Leveraging the Ariya’s EV powertrain in a motorsports-inspired package allowed our international team to capture this new sense of speed, technology and artistry.” Design cues from the all-new Nissan Ariya all-electric SUV can be seen across the Ariya Single Seater Concept. At the front of the vehicle is the electrified and illuminated “V” motion, familiar from Nissan’s current road car design language. At the side view, inspiration has been taken from the Ariya’s fluid and efficient surfaces, exaggerated to a maximum in carbon fiber. Overall, the Nissan Ariya Single Seater Concept describes a form that, as with the Ariya, looks like it was shaped by the air itself. Nissan’s participation in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship also played a key role in inspiring the Nissan Ariya Single Seater Concept. Nissan races in the all-electric world championship to bring the excitement and fun of zero-emission electric vehicles to a global audience, and to be at the cutting edge of EV research and design. “Nissan competes in Formula E not only to race on track, but also to support the development of compelling electric vehicles for customers,” said Tommaso Volpe, Nissan global motorsports director. “Our EV programs inform our Formula E program and vice versa, allowing for road-to-track technology transfer as well as track-to-road. The Nissan Ariya Single Seater Concept explores the combination of the all-electric powertrain, dual motors and revolutionary all-wheel drive system of the Ariya with a pure single seat racing chassis - a powerful demonstration of just how thrilling electric vehicles could be.”
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