Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist at Go Nissan North in Edmonton, AB
While according to television and movies we should have been moving around the city in our flying cars by now, this isn’t the case. However, Nissan is constantly pushing the boundaries of what can be done by their vehicles, in an effort to produce an entirely autonomous driving experience. We aren’t there yet, but Nissan’s incredible ProPILOT Assist technology has us all one step closer.
What is ProPILOT Assist?
ProPILOT Assist is part of Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility initiative, the drive to combine and perfect the technology currently available with the ideas of the future. The Society of Automotive Engineering (S.A.E.) has a framework in place to determine whether a vehicle is autonomous or not, and while ProPILOT Assist-enabled Nissans aren’t considered completely autonomous, the system has reached Level 2 for Driver Assistance systems.
ProPILOT Assist can maintain a comfortable driving distance between you and other traffic, keep your vehicle within its lane, as well as stop the vehicle and bring it back to speed in the case of stop-and-go, high-congestion traffic. It can take some of the burden from you as a driver during your daily commute, or when you’re on the highway driving for extended periods of time.
How Does ProPILOT Assist Work?
With the push of a button on the steering wheel, ProPILOT Assist springs into action thanks to a front radar sensor and front-facing camera. These work in conjunction to determine the distance and rate of speed of the vehicles ahead of you, as well as locate any visible lane markers. This isn’t an autonomous system, meaning drivers will still need to keep their hands on the wheel. In the event a driver has taken their hands off the wheel, a series of audible and visual alerts will vie for the driver’s attention—and the vehicle can even go as far as stopping and setting the hazard lights on in the event of an unresponsive driver. Of course, the system can be disengaged at any time—but with the added safety and ease of use there’s no reason to not fully embrace Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist technology.
As of right now ProPILOT Assist is available on the 2018 Nissan Rogue® and 2019 Nissan Leaf®—but with technology this good it’s only a matter of time before it finds itself on even more Nissan models. If you’re interested in learning more about Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist, then contact us at Edmonton’s very own Go Nissan North.