How Nissan Rogue Gets One Step Closer To Fully-Autonomous Driving
If you dislike stop-and-go highway traffic, Nissan is making it more bearable. The new 2018 Nissan Rogue crossover will be their first model to get the brand’s new ProPILOT Assist. Nissan says it will now be available on the 2018 Rogue SL Platinum Package and comes with an MSRP under $35,000 when it hits dealer showrooms later this month. ProPILOT Assist will also be offered on the all-new 2018 Nissan LEAF electric vehicle, coming in early 2018.
Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist is the foundation for the introduction of fully autonomous vehicles of the future. The technology is being developed now and it’s coming sooner than you think. For now, ProPILOT Assist will make it easier for driver’s to navigate through annoying heavy stop-and-go traffic.
How will it benefit consumers?
Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist reduces the hassle of stop-and-go driving by helping control acceleration, braking and steering during single-lane highway driving. When you are in stop-and-go highway traffic, the system helps drivers maintain lane control, navigate stop-and-go traffic, maintain a set vehicle speed and maintain a set distance to the vehicle ahead. Safety systems like this have been proven to reduce accidents.
When in heavy slow traffic, it’s easy to get distracted and lulled into a false sense of security. The driver can take their eyes off the road for just a second or two and traffic comes to complete stop and a collision occurs. We’ve all experience this while driving in the city. The safety system will stop the car automatically if the camera senses an imminent crash.
Nissan says ProPILOT Assist utilizes a forward-facing camera, forward-facing radar, sensors and electronic control module to help the driver stay in the center of the driving lane and to maintain vehicle speed (set by the driver) or help maintain a gap to the preceding vehicle if the vehicle speed drops below the driver-set speed. It also can slow the vehicle to a complete stop and holds the vehicle during traffic jam conditions.
Nissan isn’t the only automaker to offer a system like this, and it's been proven to reduce accidents. It’s coming soon on their best-selling vehicle, the 2018 Nissan Rogue SL with the Platinum Package. Fully autonomous vehicles are coming and ProPILOT Assist is the foundation to bring it to reality.
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