Nissan ProPILOT Breaks New Ground in Automation for Japanese Carmakers

September 18th, 2016 by

Nissan is pioneering the latest automotive advancements with its state-of-the-art Nissan ProPILOT technology—a cutting-edge system designed to reduce driver stress and improve driver safety in the midst of highway traffic. Nissan ProPILOT is making waves as the very first technology from a Japanese automaker that can fully automate an automobile’s steering, acceleration, and braking systems.

Pioneering ProPILOT

The ProPILOT system consists of Nissan’s advanced vehicle control technologies, a front-facing camera, and advanced image-processing software. This single-lane autonomous driving technology is able to determine the distance between a Nissan vehicle and other automobiles ahead, while driving in accordance with a preset speed.

The system can also keep a vehicle centered in its lane, automatically braking if a car stops ahead of it. Once Nissan ProPILOT applies full braking power and comes to a stop, it will stay in place even if the driver’s foot is not on the brake pedal. To commence driving, the driver needs to simply touch the switch or press the accelerator.

Putting ProPILOT in Action

To engage ProPILOT, drivers can use two conveniently located buttons on the vehicle’s steering wheel. Pressing the “ProPILOT” button activates the system, and pressing “SET” programs the desired speed.

When ProPILOT is activated, it functions like a normal cruise control system when there are no other vehicles ahead. When other automobiles are detected, ProPILOT goes into action. It takes control of the accelerator and brake to maintain an appropriate distance between the vehicle and the cars ahead of it.

As previously mentioned, ProPILOT can come to a full stop when necessary. However, it also offers steering control. This system monitors lane markers and keeps the vehicle centered in its lane. Additionally, ProPILOT can control vehicle steering on curvy roads and adapt as traffic changes. For instance, if the car ahead changes lanes, ProPILOT will begin adjusting its distance to the next vehicle it senses. If a car cuts in front of you, ProPILOT will adjust its data accordingly.

Eager to Try It Out?

Nissan ProPILOT is currently only available in Japan on the Nissan Serena. The single-lane version of the technology rolled out in 2016, while a multiple-lane system is scheduled to be released in 2018. A version featuring intersection technology is due out in 2020.

To stay informed on when the Nissan ProPILOT will be available in the United States and to keep abreast of other Nissan advancements in the works, keep in touch with the knowledgeable team at Tamaroff Nissan. You can also visit us or contact us today to explore our current inventory of state-of-the-art Nissan models!

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