Nissan’s innovative ProPILOT* semi-autonomous driving system has been a success with customers, with more than 120,000 vehicles featuring the technology sold globally. The availability of ProPILOT* is now set to expand to additional models, including the Nissan Qashqai in Canada and the Rogue Sport in the U.S., beginning in late 2018, as Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa said today during the company’s fiscal year 2017 financial results announcement.
ProPILOT* is a hands-on driver-assist system that helps drivers stay centered in their lane, navigate stop-and-go traffic and maintain a set vehicle speed and distance to the vehicle ahead.
Nissan’s exclusive ProPILOT* technology was originally introduced in 2016 in the Japanese- market Nissan Serena minivan. Since then, the technology has spread globally to vehicles such as the 100 per cent electric new Nissan LEAF, the European-market Qashqai, the Japanese -market X-Trail and the North American-market Rogue. ProPILOT* will also be featured on the upcoming all-new 2019 Nissan Altima sedan. Additional vehicles will adopt the technology in coming years, expanding to 20 models and 20 markets by the end of FY2022, as part of the company’s midterm plan, Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022. ProPILOT* is the foundation for the autonomous vehicles of the future, helping drivers stay centered in their lane, navigate stop-and-go traffic and maintain a set vehicle speed and a set distance to the vehicle ahead. It’s all done with a simple, intuitive two-button operation. To activate the system, the driver simply pushes the ProPILOT* button on the steering wheel and then sets the Intelligent Cruise Control when the desired speed is reached. ProPILOT* is designed to be more intuitive and user-friendly compared with other driver-assist technologies. It can potentially help lessen driver fatigue and create a more confident driving experience – especially for drivers who experience heavy highway traffic on a daily basis.