Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist, which provides nearly autonomous single-lane functionality when traveling on divided highways, will be making its US debut in a few days, when the 2018 Nissan Rogue goes on sale.
To be more specific, as of October 24, those living in the US will be able to purchase a Nissan Rogue outfitted with the cutting-edge semi-autonomous tech (Nissan’s version of “Autopilot”).
As previously reported, the all-electric 2018 Nissan LEAF will also feature ProPILOT Assist as an option — with the full plan being to roll out the tech to 10 Alliance models around the world by 2020. The 2018 Nissan LEAF will be making its US launch in January 2018.
“ProPILOT™ Assist is the foundation for the fully autonomous vehicles of the future, helping drivers stay centered in the lane, navigate stop-and-go traffic, maintain a set vehicle speed, and maintain a set distance to the vehicle ahead. And, it is all done with a simple two-button operation. ProPILOT™ Assist is available on the 2018 Rogue SL grade as part of the Platinum Package,” Nissan writes in a fresh press release.
“It 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,” Green Car Congress adds.
“Steering assist is cancelled in inclement weather if the windshield wipers are in the low or high position (if lane lines can be detected, the system can remain active when the wipers are in the intermittent mode or if the mist function is activated). The driver’s input always takes priority, overriding the system when the steering wheel is turned or the turn signal is operated (steering assistance goes into a temporary standby mode). The system also goes into temporary standby mode when the accelerator pedal is pressed. The system’s Intelligent Cruise Control and lane keep assistance are both cancelled when the brakes are applied.”
Overall, that’s about what you’d expect. It sounds like Nissan has been very thorough with the system’s design… From the perspective of those here at CleanTechnica, of course, it would probably be better to wait until the new Nissan LEAF launches to enjoy the tech rather than to purchase the new Rogue crossover, which offers lame fuel economy. “Fuel economy is projected at 26 mpg city, 33 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined for front-wheel-drive models. Rogue AWD models are estimated at 25 mpg city, 32 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined.” That’s a lot of gas use and a lot of pollution.
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