Nissan's new ProPilot Assist is making the car manufacturer inches away from having their own semi self-driving vehicle that will cruise on American roads. As Nissan emphasizes, the initial version is intended only to make life easier during single-lane highway driving. It will use a camera, radar, and sensors to keep you in your lane, maintain speed and brakes if the driver ahead slows down, but it won't change lanes, handle city streets or brake in an emergency. It does not recommend the hands-free option, as autopilot will shut down if you have a less-than-firm grip on the steering wheel.
Setting cruise control is quite easy. You just have to tap two buttons to activate ProPilot, but it will deactivate and resume to manual once you change lanes. Basically, this is all about removing the need for the constant gas-brake cycle during traffic jams, staying on course, and keeping a safe distance from the car ahead.
It may take time for Nissan to compete with other manufacturers that have autonomous vehicles. ProPilot Assist is due to support multi-lane highways within two years, and city roads within four years. Nissan may take a longer time to manufacture a completely autonomous car.
We can’t blame Nissan for having a slow start, despite some manufacturers that are already in the process of making fully autonomous cars. Perhaps Nissan is being cautious in the safety of their vehicles and their market. The car manufacturer announced that the release date will be at the end of 2017.
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