Newest Nissan X-Trail Now Available With ProPILOT Self-Driving Tech In Japan

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The newest edition of the Nissan X-Trail, now available in Japan, features the company’s very interesting-sounding ProPILOT semi autonomous driving tech — as an option.

The Nissan X-Trail 20X Hybrid (4WD).

As we reported previously, Nissan’s ProPILOT tech reportedly allows for almost completely autonomous single-lane travel on divided highways — with acceleration, braking, and steering being essentially all handled by the onboard system. The system can handle both light- and heavy-traffic situations — so, functionality in heavy traffic jams is implied.

The ProPILOT system, according to the press release on the matter, “reduces the hassle of stop-and-go highway driving.” No doubt true, which is why the rollout of semi-autonomous driving systems that can handle highways are likely to initially garner a great deal of enthusiasm from consumers, perhaps more than fully autonomous systems are.

Until now, the ProPILOT system has only been available on the Nissan Serena. Though, the upcoming refresh of the all-electric Nissan LEAF will bring with it the option for ProPILOT as well.

Other improvements that arrive with the new Nissan X-Trail in Japan include the Intelligent Park Assist system. So, overall, Nissan’s semi-autonomous driving tech seems to be improving at a respectable rate — the company definitely doesn’t seem to be one of those that is all talk when it comes to the tech, in other words.

For more information on Nissan’s ProPILOT tech, and on the upcoming Nissan Leaf refresh that will feature it, see: Carlos Ghosn: Second-Gen Nissan LEAF To Feature ProPilot Tech.

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