Nissan to expand ProPILOT technology to additional models
The availability Nissan’s ProPILOT (named ProPILOT Assist in the U.S.) semi-autonomous driving system is set to expand to additional models, including the Nissan Rogue Sport in the U.S. and the Qashqai in Canada, beginning in late 2018.
ProPILOT is a hands-on driver-assist system that helps drivers stay centered in their lane, navigate stop-and-go traffic, and maintain a set vehicle speed and distance to the vehicle ahead. To activate the system, the driver pushes the ProPILOT button on the steering wheel and then sets the Intelligent Cruise Control when the desired speed is reached.
Once activated, the system is able to automatically control the distance to the vehicle in front using a speed preset by the driver—between about 30 km/h (19 mph) and 100 km/h (62 mph). It can also help the driver steer and keep the vehicle centered in its lane. If the car in front stops, the ProPILOT system will automatically apply the brakes to bring the vehicle to a full stop if necessary. After coming to a full stop, the vehicle can remain in place even if the driver's foot is off the brake. If traffic restarts, the car will resume driving when the driver touches the switch again or lightly presses the accelerator to activate ProPILOT.
Additionally, more advanced forms of ProPILOT technology enable the vehicle to operate autonomously on urban roads and freeways, beginning when the driver selects a destination using the navigation system, until arrival.
During tests in October of 2017 with a modified INFINITI Q50 in Japan, the prototype's artificial intelligence used input from 12 cameras, nine-millimeter-wave radars, six laser scanners, 12 sonars, and a high-definition map to analyze complex scenarios in real time and navigate challenging city conditions—such as crossing busy intersections. These hardware upgrades, along with software improvements, were added to ensure smooth transitions when encountering obstacles in the road.
Nissan’s exclusive ProPILOT technology was originally introduced in 2016 in the Japanese-market Nissan Serena minivan. Since then, the technology has spread globally to vehicles such as the 100% electric new Nissan LEAF, the European-market Qashqai, the Japanese-market X-Trail, and the U.S.-market Rogue. ProPILOT will also be featured on the upcoming all-new 2019 Nissan Altima sedan. Additional vehicles will adopt the technology in coming years, expanding to 20 models and 20 markets by the end of FY2022.