Nissan is set to equip the new Skyline (Infiniti Q50 in global markets) with world first driver assistance technology which will combine navigated highway driving with hands-off single-lane driving capabilities, when it makes its debut in the Japanese market in the Spring of 2019.
As part of the updated ProPilot system (dubbed ProPilot 2.0), the technology is designed for on-ramp and off-ramp (ramp-to-ramp) highway driving. It operates by engaging with the navigation system to guide the car along a predefined route on certain roads. For the first time, the system will allow for hands-off driving when travelling in a single lane.
Drivers’ will first need to select their destination in the navigation system and create a travel route in order for the new technology to be used, which will kick in once the vehicle is on the highway.
Once activated, the system will provide assistance to the driver whilst travelling along a multi-lane highway until the required exit is reached. Passing, lane diversion and lane exiting assistance will all be provided to the driver.
Hands-off driving while cruising along in a lane will also be possible as part of the new ProPilot system. This involves the system judging appropriate timing to branch off at a road divide or pass a slower vehicle based on information from the navigation system and the 360-degree sensing. The driver will receive audio and visual guidance.
Cameras, radars, sonars, GPS and 3D high-definition map data (HD map) are used to provide 360-degree, real-time information on the surrounding environment as well as the precise location of the vehicle on the road.
A monitoring system in the cabin will also continually confirm that the driver is giving their full attention to the road.
The single-lane highway version of ProPilot debuted in the Nissan Serena minivan in Japan back in 2016 whilst ProPilot and ProPilot Assist is found in several Nissan models around the world including the Leaf, Qashqai, X-Trail, Altima and Rogue.
At this stage, Nissan’s new ProPilot 2.0 technology is only available in Japan.
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