The Japanese automaker is spearheading the introduction of semi-autonomous technology on the US market using the 2018 model year Rogue SUV, with the new generation Leaf also bundling it soon.
Nissan has recently announced it will start equipping for the first time in the US the 2018 Rogue crossover with ProPilot Assist, a semi-autonomous feature that will help the driver in certain situations by taking control of driving. ProPilot Assist can steer, accelerate, and brake on its own – including slowing down to a complete stop along with the traffic – on roads marked visibly, but only carries single-lane capabilities. Nissan has made sure everything is ready – they performed tests over 200,000 miles and specifically tuned the Rogue’s software for American roads – adapting it from the ProPilot system offered in Japan or Europe.
The ProPilot Assist is easy to activate via the blue “ProPilot” button on the side of the steering wheel, followed by the activation of the adaptive cruise control – the system then uses a forward-facing camera, radar, and various other sensors to monitor lane markings and other traffic. ProPilot doesn’t work with the windshield wipers activated or if lane markings are not detected – and can be easily deactivated by the driver via a pedal press or steering input. ProPilot will arrive only on the Platinum package for the 2018 Nissan Rogue SL, with the price coming in below $35,000.