Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept tows portable observatory

Nissan reveals Navara Dark Sky Concept in Germany

The second puzzle piece of this concept, the Navara pickup, stands as burly and ready to go as the trailer. Developed in the United Kingdom with European Space Agency (ESA), the pick-up is equipped with a more advanced version of Nissan's ProPILOT driver assistance system, and the trailer on tow is actually a mobile astronomy laboratory.

Earlier this week, Nissan teased a Navara pickup concept with trailer in tow.

The design of the Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept takes its inspiration from the cosmos. The most obvious changes can be found on the front fascia with restyled LED headlights, red LED accent lighting on the grill, and a roof mounted LED light bar.

Mechanically and aerodynamically though, the Navara is largely unchanged, save a spiffy new paint finish, a slightly raised ride height and bigger wheels. In fact, it acts somewhat like a mobile astronomy lab.

Nissan reveals Navara Dark Sky Concept in Germany

The trailer, which has a mechanised roof to protect the telescope and allow access when stargazing, contains a state-of-the-art Planewave telescope and other astronomical equipment, with a battery pack in both the vehicle and the trailer catering for the additional electrical needs over the car's battery.

The vehicle itself is packed with the technology required to take the Navara to places high enough to avoid light pollution: ProPILOT, Intelligent Around View Monitor system upgraded to support towing, Blind Spot Warning for the trailer and Intelligent Towing Hitch Alignment.

Nissan has tweaked the ProPilot system, around view monitor and blind spot warnings to work properly with its expensive trailer contents as well as a system - Intelligent Towing Hitch Alignment - to ensure hook-up is seamless and automatic. ESA says this telescope is powerful enough to get detailed views beyond the rings of Saturn.

'The Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept is a brilliant example of Nissan serving as an authentic partner, empowering our customers to go anywhere, ' said Ashwani Gupta, senior vice-president of Nissan's light commercial vehicle business. "Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility and ProPILOT, we are creating the best solutions for the next frontiers of business, no matter how complex the commercial need".

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