We’ve seen the ProPilot semi-autonomous driving mode get launched in Japan, and afterwards making its way onto Europe via the facelifted Qashqai and X-Trail – but now it’s America’s turn.
Basically, Nissan will have the driving assistance system up for grabs in North America as well, alongside the already available Serena model in Japan and the soon to be offered Qashqai and X-Trail for Europe. The new name – ProPILOT Assist – has been selected for the US to make it clear this is not Tesla’s Autopilot. Instead it will come handy and reduce the hassle of stop-and-go highway driving, when it arrives later this year. ProPILOT Assist does that by helping control acceleration, braking and steering during single-lane highway driving. The ProPILOT Assist system was introduced at the Nissan Technical Center North America (NTCNA), and has been modified specifically for the US, following some 50,000 miles of development on roads across the entire United States.
ProPILOT Assist will combine Steering Assist and Intelligent Cruise Control for use in both heavy and flowing traffic situations – and Nissan makes sure to mention in the press release this is a “’hands-on’ driver assist system rather than a ‘self-driving’ feature.” Takeshi Yamaguchi, senior vice president, Research and Development, Nissan Technical Center North America, explains: “Nissan is a technology pioneer and ProPILOT Assist sets a strong, consumer-focused foundation for fully autonomous vehicles of the future,” – a total of ten models will have the technology in Europe, Japan, China and the United States by 2020 as part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.