July 17, 2019
Nissan's latest advanced technology, ProPILOT Assist [] is a hands-on driving assistant designed to help drivers during long highway trips and the stop and go traffic of your daily commute.
Using a front radar sensor and a front-facing camera located behind the rear-view mirror, it can maintain a gap with the car in front of you at a preset distance and help to keep the vehicle centered during single lane driving, even on slight curves. The ProPILOT Assist system combines Nissan's Intelligent Cruise Control [] and Steering Assist technologies and includes a stop and
hold function that can bring the vehicle to a full stop, hold in place and can bring you back up to speed when traffic starts moving again.
The ProPILOT Assist system represents the first generation of advanced driver assistance features in Nissan vehicles. The next generation of Nissan's Assistance technology will support steering, braking and accelerating during multi-lane driving.
ProPILOT Assist is an integral part of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, an all-encompassing approach that looks to redefine how we move using the most up to date technology today, while planning for a bold, bright tomorrow.
The current ProPILOT Assist is not a fully autonomous system but a Level 2 Driver Assistance system as defined by the industry standard definitions created by the Society of Automotive Engineering (S.A.E.). It's designed to assist drivers, not replace them.
In fact, if ProPILOT Assist detects that a driver has removed their hands from the wheel it will go through a series of alerts to get the drivers’ hands back in place. With this latest driver assist technology, it can even bring the vehicle to a stop if it is not being used as it is intended.
Today's ProPILOT Assist system is the product of years of research and development that continues to progress as we transition towards advanced driver assistance systems, incorporating fully autonomous technology. Nissan is working to accelerate that transition by using NASA technology designed for interplanetary robotic travel to develop a trusted infrastructure for autonomous vehicles that will allow them to learn and share information in real time.
The 2018 Rogue was the first U.S. vehicle equipped with available ProPILOT Assist but not the first Nissan model to offer this driver assistance system. That honor goes to the Nissan Serena, a five-door mini-van Japanese model that debuted globally in Japan in 2016.
Once the driver of a ProPILOT Assist-equipped vehicle enables the system with the steering-wheel-mounted button they will then set the desired speed and distance they want to follow the car in front of them.
While engaged and when lane markers are detected, the ProPILOT Assist steering wheel and lane line icons on the dash turn from grey to green and Steering Assist will provide small steering inputs, including a lane departure alert, to help the driver and vehicle maintain lane centering.
The driver can disengage the system at any time and if the system does not detect a hand on the wheel, our lane keep assist technology will provide a series of visual and audible alerts. If the driver still does not place their hands on the wheel the system will pulse the brakes to get their attention. Finally, if both of these warnings are ignored the vehicle will gently apply the brakes, slow down within its lane, turn on the hazard lights and come to a complete stop.
With available ProPILOT Assist, the 2020 Nissan Altima helps to relieve stress while assisting you with some of the tasks of daily driving. This advanced driver assistance system responds in highway traffic – or the open road – at the push of a button. []