The Nissan Intelligent Mobility program is working towards engineering a self-driving car, and the technology it develops along the way is being slowly integrated into the existing model lineup. Part of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility program was the development of the new Nissan ProPILOT Assist system. Defined as a semi-autonomous driving system, ProPILOT uses a front radar sensor and front-facing camera to assist drivers as they cruise on the highway.
How It Works
Combining Nissan’s Intelligent Cruise Control with Steering Assist, the ProPILOT Assist system maintains a set distance between the car’s front bumper and the vehicle in front of it, as well as a stop and hold system that stops and brakes the vehicle in stop-and-go traffic. Future developments in the system will allow the vehicle to accelerate, brake, and steer in multi-lane traffic. Currently, the ProPILOT Assist system makes it easy to turn on the feature through controls mounted on the steering wheel and set a comfortable speed.
Not a Substitute for the Driver
The Nissan ProPILOT Assist system is not fully autonomous. It was designed to assist the driver as they drive and steer, including providing markers and sensors to help drivers stay within their lane. If it senses that the driver’s hands have left the wheel, it presents warnings and alerts, up to and including pulsing the brakes, to get the driver’s attention. If one’s hands are not put back on the wheel, the vehicle will flip on its hazard lights and come to a complete stop.
The 2018 NissanLEAF and NissanRogue are currently equipped with Nissan ProPILOT Assist. In the coming years, the Nissan ProPILOT Assist system will gradually roll out across other vehicle’s in Nissan’s lineup as the company continues to make forward strides in the realm of Intelligent Mobility.
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