In the field of research and development, Nissan has devoted a lot of its recent efforts to the Nissan Intelligent Mobility project with the goal of creating a self-driving car. While we don’t have autonomous cars yet, the program lead to the creation of the Nissan ProPILOT Assist system. It makes use of sensors made for cars of the future to provide drivers with information and assistance on the highway.
The ProPILOT Assist system is simple to use. Steering wheel-mounted controls make the system accessible with minimal distraction, and once activated, the ProPILOT Assist system uses a front-facing camera and radar sensor to maintain a set speed and a preset distance between the front bumper and the vehicle in front of it. Speed and distance are customizable. Other integrated features like Steer Assist and a stop-and-hold system are tailored to the everyday difficulties of highway driving.
The Nissan ProPILOT Assist system is not a self-driving feature or stand in for the drivers themselves. Designed simply to provide assistance, the system will activate warnings if the driver’s hands come off of the steering wheel. Once the ProPILOT Assist system detects the driver is no longer touching the wheel, the system will alert the driver, pulse the brakes, and, eventually, turn on the vehicle’s hazard lights and slow to a complete stop. The ProPILOT Assist system guides drivers to preventing collisions, maintians speed, and stays within a particular lane.
Currently, the Nissan ProPILOT Assist system is offered on the 2018 Nissan LEAF and the Nissan Rogue.
The next vehicle that will be receiving the Nissan ProPILOT Assist system is the 2019 Nissan Altima, coming to dealerships this fall. The system will gradually make its way to other vehicles in the lineup in coming years. If you have any questions about Nissan ProPILOT Assist, please contact us at Nissan of Gilroy.