Nissan updates ProPilot with extended Highway Skills

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Words: Nile Bijoux
16 May 2019

Nissan has updated its ProPilot system to ProPilot2, combining navigated highway driving with hands-off single-lane driving capabilities. The new technology will first be seen in the Nissan Skyline later this year.

Designed for highway use, the new system interacts with the vehicle’s navigation system to help drive the car along a predetermined route on designated Japanese roadways. It facilitates hands-off driving while cruising in a single lane.

Upon activation using a predefined route, the system will assist the driver with passing, lane diversions and lane exiting when traveling on a multilane highway.

When the vehicle approaches a road divide, or when passing a slower vehicle, the system judges the appropriate timing based on information from the navigation system and using 360-degree sensors.

Using a range of sensors and GPS technology, it ensures a driving experience akin to that of an experienced driver. A monitoring system ensures that the driver’s attention remains on the road.

The driver can initiate navigated driving at the flick of a switch. Once activated, the system will centre the vehicle in a given lane and maintain a certain distance from the vehicle in front, at a speed nominated by the driver (ProPilot 1).

Hands-free driving is available when travelling in a single lane providing the driver’s attention is on the road ahead. If the vehicle ahead is dawdling and the system detects that it can pass, the driver will be notified and once confirmed the vehicle will move into the passing lane but can only return to the original lane once the driver confirms that.

A lane change requires the driver to place both hands on the wheel and activate the turn signal. The vehicle then complies when a lane change is determined to be possible.

The single-lane highway version of ProPILOT has been around since 2016 and is found in Nissan’s Leaf EV, among others.

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