Have you ever dreamed of being able to put your car into autopilot so you can multitask? That future is still a little ways off, but we’re getting there one step at a time. Nissan’s new ProPilot self-driving tech will help bridge the gap. Rolling out on the upcoming Serena minivan that’s due for launch in the Japanese market this fall, the ProPilot system will allow drivers to let their car do most of the work on the highway.
So what does ProPilot do, exactly? Meant for single-lane highway driving, this semi-autonomous technology will take over for the driver and operate functions such as accelerating, braking, and steering. ProPilot works by tracking road markings denoting lanes and by following the vehicle in front of it. However, this system doesn’t kick in automatically; drivers have to switch on the ProPilot system manually once they’re on the highway. Additionally, the system will shut off if drivers take their hands off the wheel for more than a few seconds, so drivers are forced to keep an eye on the road even while the car’s in control.
The development of Nissan ProPilot self-driving tech is the brand’s latest step towards their goal of having autonomous, city-navigating vehicles on the road as soon as 2020. The company plans to have a multi-driving function that allows the vehicle to change lanes on the highway integrated into cars utilizing the ProPilot system by 2018.