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Nissan concept pickup truck uses onboard drone to help with remote rescues

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Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
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The Navara EnGuard Concept is designed with search and rescue in remote areas in mind
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The Navara EnGuard Concept is designed with search and rescue in remote areas in mind
The EnGuard has a roof-mounted LED lighting system
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The EnGuard has a roof-mounted LED lighting system
Nissan chose the fluorescent green highlights to increase the truck's overall visibility in day and night
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Nissan chose the fluorescent green highlights to increase the truck's overall visibility in day and night
A snorkel for good measure
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A snorkel for good measure
The EnGuard is powered by a 187-hp twin-turbo diesel engine
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The EnGuard is powered by a 187-hp twin-turbo diesel engine
Nissan debuted the Navara EnGuard Concept at IAA Hannover 2016
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Nissan debuted the Navara EnGuard Concept at IAA Hannover 2016
The EnGuard's real innovation is in its bed
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The EnGuard's real innovation is in its bed
Dual portable power packs flank storage drawers
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Dual portable power packs flank storage drawers
A shallow tray and deep bin keep rescue equipment secure and easy to find
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A shallow tray and deep bin keep rescue equipment secure and easy to find
Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
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Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
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Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
Power inlets and outlets on the sides of the bed provide quick access to the onboard battery power
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Power inlets and outlets on the sides of the bed provide quick access to the onboard battery power
The EnGuard includes dual-zone climate control and heated seats
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The EnGuard includes dual-zone climate control and heated seats
The pop-up display on the side is designed for use with the drone
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The pop-up display on the side is designed for use with the drone
The DJI Phantom 4 helps rescuers gather information and prepare
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The DJI Phantom 4 helps rescuers gather information and prepare
A convenient landing pad
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A convenient landing pad
Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
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Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
With its upgraded suspension and ride height, the EnGuard is better prepared to travel off the beaten path
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With its upgraded suspension and ride height, the EnGuard is better prepared to travel off the beaten path
The Navara EnGuard Concept definitely looks the part
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The Navara EnGuard Concept definitely looks the part
The onboard power system helps keep equipment running and charged, something that could certainly be useful in applications other than search and rescue
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The onboard power system helps keep equipment running and charged, something that could certainly be useful in applications other than search and rescue
The prototype portable power packs are derived from Nissan Leaf battery tech
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The prototype portable power packs are derived from Nissan Leaf battery tech
The batteries are integrated into the weatherproof aluminum housing
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The batteries are integrated into the weatherproof aluminum housing
The recessed sides make the packs easier to grab and carry
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The recessed sides make the packs easier to grab and carry
We reckon Nissan could have just gone with an existing portable battery pack from someone like Goal Zero or EnerPlex, but then it wouldn't have been able to highlight its own tech and design
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We reckon Nissan could have just gone with an existing portable battery pack from someone like Goal Zero or EnerPlex, but then it wouldn't have been able to highlight its own tech and design
The pack has two input sockets and five output sockets
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The pack has two input sockets and five output sockets
Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
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Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
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Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
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Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept and prototype power system
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Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept and prototype power system
Power up computers, communications equipment, tools and more
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Power up computers, communications equipment, tools and more
The battery packs nest neatly and charge from power provided by the 2.3-liter engine
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The battery packs nest neatly and charge from power provided by the 2.3-liter engine
Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
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Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
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Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
Pop-up drone-connected display
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Pop-up drone-connected display
Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
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Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
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Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
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Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
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Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
The Navara includes rugged over fenders
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The Navara includes rugged over fenders
Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
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Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
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You really hope to never have to hit the red-lettered "SOS" button on a DeLorme inReach Explorer, but if you do, a message you'd love to receive from responders is, "on the way ... in the Nissan Navara EnGuard." Revealed at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hannover, Germany, the flashy concept pickup is designed for rescue in the world's most remote, extreme environments. It includes an onboard drone and a portable power supply derived from Nissan Leaf battery tech.

This year's IAA Commercial Vehicles Show has proven to be a big destination for new vehicle concepts, almost (but not quite) giving its sibling show IAA Frankfurt (Frankfurt Motor Show) a run for its money. We've seen interesting concept vehicles like the Mercedes Urban eTruck, VW e-Crafter, Hyundai H350 Fuel Cell Concept, and now, the Navara EnGuard.

Based on the Navara Double Cab Tekna model, the EnGuard joins the show's concept ranks as an extreme, all-terrain emergency truck designed for off-road, off-grid rescue and operations. It's an even more rugged answer to the Navara-DNAed 2015 Renault Alaskan concept and is the type of vehicle you might hope to see if your Base 4x4 breaks down in murderous terra incognita.

The Nickelodeon-green highlights and off-road upgrades are what catch the eye, but the real centerpiece of the EnGuard design is the integrated power system. Nissan has wrapped Nissan Leaf-based battery cells inside weatherproof aluminum, creating two 2 kW power blocks for keeping equipment running in place of loud, emissions-spewing gas generators.

Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept

"Our prototype EV portable battery pack reveals how Nissan will integrate its world-renowned EV battery technology and expertise into new sectors in the future," says Philippe Guerin-Boutaud, Nissan's corporate vice president of light commercial vehicles.

Since the EnGuard is built around tasks that get done far from the grid, possibly for days on end, Nissan's battery packs get their charge via a vehicle-integrated system powered by the 187-hp 2.3-liter twin-turbo diesel engine. Each pack slides into a charging dock on one side of the pickup bed during travel.

Once in the field, the portable power packs can be used to power up rescue equipment, even in enclosed spaces such as buildings and caves, where gas generators would be a no-go. Each pack has five outlets, and outlets built into each side of the truck let the team plug in without having to drop the tailgate.

The pack has two input sockets and five output sockets
The pack has two input sockets and five output sockets

The other signature feature of the EnGuard is its onboard DJI Phantom 4 drone. With concept debuts like the 2014 Renault KWID, the 2016 Rinspeed Etos and the recent Mercedes Vision Van, the past two years have taught us that we need to get used to the idea of concept cars with integrated drones. And if that's the case, at least it's nice to see drone tech used for tasks more substantive than picking up flowers while you drive to your girlfriend's house.

The EnGuard's Phantom 4 is positioned at recon work in dangerous rescue environments. We imagine it flying over disaster areas and into structures, pulling imagery and sending it back to the team outside so they have a better idea of what they'll be confronting. The images can be viewed on the pop-up HD display built into the side of the pickup bed, and that flat cover on top the bed makes for a natural landing pad.

Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept
Nissan's all-new Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan fills out the center of the bed area with dual sliding trays that keep rescue equipment organized and easily accessible. The deeper bottom tray stores an oxygen tank and resuscitation kit, life jackets and buoyancy aids, while the shallower top tray holds tools like two-way radios, rope and an axe.

The Navara is also enhanced with a 2-in (50 mm) lift and adjustable performance suspension system. The roof is fitted with a 360-degree LED lighting system that includes blue strobes. Matching strobes are integrated into the rugged fender flares, fog lamps and rear light clusters.

If you thought the aforementioned green highlights were only to grab attention, you'd be right, but it's not the attention of IAA visitors they're after. Nissan says the color was specifically chosen as the most visible color in daylight and most easily identifiable by those with color-blindness. The location on the wheels and side steps helps approaching drivers see the EnGuard in their headlights.

Nissan chose the fluorescent green highlights to increase the truck's overall visibility in day and night
Nissan chose the fluorescent green highlights to increase the truck's overall visibility in day and night

The base Double Cab Tekna trim brings with it some handy standard equipment of its own, including NissanConnect satellite navigation and Around View Mirror 360-degree camera system.

Take a look at the EnGuard in the video below:

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Source: Nissan

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