Nissan ProPILOT Update
The Nissan ProPILOT system is being rolled out over the next 12 months and should initially be available on the Nissan Leaf Models in 2017 and as we move into 2018 the Nissan Qashqai and X-Trail will also receive the level 2 - part automated driving system.
The Nissan ProPILOT system aims to provide traffic sign recognition, semi-autonomous acceleration, intelligent emergency braking and steering features while driving in single-lane setting. This will enable Nissan vehicles to handle cruising and heavy traffic conditions with little or no input from the driver, so on long journeys it will be like having an assistant to deal with the driving if you need a rest.
level 2 - part automated vehicles is where the automated systems begin to take more responsibility and can control the speed and steering of a vehicle whilst the driver monitors and retains control over other vehicle functions and is available to retake full control at any time.
The NISSAN ProPILOT system represents another step in the journey in Nissan’s aim to bring accessible, level 2 advanced driver assistance technology to their range. The ProPILOT system is set to make driving safer and more enjoyable, the development of ProPILOT technologies is part of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility programme, the company’s blueprint for integrating and evolving how automated cars are driven on uk roads.
Nissan cars 2018 and beyond: The eventual goal for Nissan is to have Level 5 – Driver & Passenger free vehicles across the range allowing vehicles to continuously monitor and react to traffic conditions without any driver intervention. We suspect this will mirror what we see in the aviation industry where aeroplanes have autopilot to operate the plane, although it is always reassuring to know there is a human Pilot available to take over if necessary.
It’s important to remember there are two issues in play on the journey to fully automated driverless cars, it’s not just ensuring the technology works, but it’s also the challenge to gain customer confidence and remove the anxiety to accept a vehicle can self-drive in a safe and positive manner.
As Nissan ProPILOT rolls out across the Nissan vehicle range at the end of 2017 and into 2018 we will start to see just how drivers begin to accept and rely upon this new technology and react to this seismic shift in the way we drive.
Exciting times ahead for Nissan UK as we watch the journey to fully automated vehicles unfold over the next few years.