Nissan ProPILOT System Available This Fall
In October of last year, we told you about Nissan’s ProPILOT system. We now know it will be available by the end of the year on the second-generation Nissan Leaf. When most people imagine technology of the future, they picture greater automation, with computers taking over a wider range of formerly-human functions. Yet the most significant technological developments are not necessarily those that seek to replace us, but rather enhance and expand our abilities. Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist system is a powerful case in point. Developed through extensive testing on American highways, this intelligent mobility technology lets drivers take to any road more safely, efficiently, and confidently.
Prospects for ProPILOT
The ProPILOT Assist system represents the latest stage in Nissan’s “ZERO Fatalities, ZERO Emissions” effort, which seeks to enhance sustainability and safety on every level. This technology combines Intelligent Cruise Control with Steering Assist to help drivers make better decisions when operating in both flowing and heavy traffic.
The system relies on a forward camera, radar, and other sensors to monitor the road in front and detect any hazards or articles. Whenever it identifies a danger, it sends that information to the vehicle’s electronic control module, which makes a series of small adjustments. This helps the driver:
- Shore Up Safety- The system makes it easier for the driver to maintain a safe gap between any vehicles it detects ahead of it. It also helps to avoid lane drifting, detecting whether the vehicle is approaching another lane and making the changes necessary to correct this.
- Fight Fatigue- By taking care of small corrections in speed and position, the system reduces the amount of work that the driver has to do. This makes driving a less stressful or tiring experience, which further helps to enhance safety.
- Secure Stops- When necessary, the ProPILOT system can go beyond minor corrections and slow the car all the way to a complete stop. It can also hold it in place in situations where traffic is at a standstill.
In addition to monitoring the vehicle’s position, ProPILOT pays attention to that of the driver’s hands. If the driver is not putting enough pressure on the steering wheel, the system will remind them to grip it more tightly. This makes driving even safer while allowing drivers to exert more control over their vehicles.
Reliable Testing on American Roads
Nissan is tailoring the ProPILOT system to the exact conditions of American roads. To do this, they have driven it more than 50,000 miles across the country, giving the system extensive information on road conditions and driving necessities.
At present, ProPILOT Assist only works on single-lane roads, but Nissan plans to have it ready for multi-lane highways within two years and for urban roads within four years. By 2020, this technology will be on 10 of the automaker’s models, which will be available everywhere from the United States to Japan to China to the European Union.
The ProPilot Assist system is only the beginning of Nissan’s efforts to lower emissions and enhance the driving experience. For more information or to purchase one of these advanced vehicles, contact McDonough Nissan today!