Semi-autonomous ProPilot Assist debuts on Nissan Rogue Sport
Nissan ProPilot Assist is one of the most advanced semi-autonomous driving technologies available. The system is currently offered as an option on the Nissan LEAF and Rogue. Soon, it will also be available on the more budget-friendly, Rogue Sport. This decision demonstrates how Nissan plans to make the technology more accessible to the general public.
Nissan ProPilot Assist
Fully self-driving cars are coming – and the movement starts with ProPilot Assist. This cutting-edge technology from Nissan aids stop-and-go driving by helping control acceleration, braking and steering on single-lane highways. Although the driver is required to keep one hand on the wheel, ProPilot Assist can effectively take over driving duties under certain conditions.
How it works
ProPilot Assist relies on technologies that were once only dreamed of. The system uses a forward-facing camera, radar, sensors, and an electronic control module. These components work together to provide lane-centering capability, and to maintain vehicle speed – even when there’s a car ahead. Stop-and-go traffic can be handled almost entirely by the vehicle during the right situations.
This time, the necessary legislation isn’t in place for full autonomy. Because of this, Nissan ProPilot Assist requires the driver keep a firm grip on the steering wheel at all times. The vehicle determines driver presence through a steering torque sensor.
ProPilot is cancelled if the windshield wipers are in the low or high position. It’s also turned off when the lanes can’t be detected due to rain, sleet or snow.
Plus, the system is deactivated when the driver attempts to take control. Turning the steering wheel or activating the turn signal is interpreted as human trying to retake the wheel. Likewise, the system goes into standby mode when the accelerator pedal is depressed. Everything is cancelled if the brakes are applied.
Current and future applications
The Nissan Serena was the first vehicle to get ProPilot Assist. That minivan is sold only in Japan, but shortly after, the system also arrived in the United States. As was mentioned, it is currently an option on the Nissan LEAF and Rogue.
Soon, Nissan plans to add ProPilot Assist to – not only the Rogue Sport – but also the Nissan Altima. In Canada, the system will be installed on the Qashqai as well.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. By the end of 2022, the automaker hopes to offer the technology on twenty models in twenty different markets. The decision aims to promote what the auto manufacturer is referring to as its “Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022". This plan is a collection of strategies designed to increase revenue by 29 percent.
In addition to making ProPilot readily available, Nissan intends to develop a driver assist system for city driving.
One thing is clear – in 10 years, driving will be vastly different than it is now.
ProPilot Assist at Fontana Nissan
The future is here, at Fontana Nissan. We have an expansive inventory of Nissan vehicles, including the Nissan LEAF and Rogue, both of which are equipped with ProPilot Assist. Stop by to experience this next-generation technology for yourself.