Japanese manufacturer Nissan has announced new autonomous systems to help make commuting and traffic jams easier to navigate.

The new ProPILOT system will be fitted to the Japanese-only Serena MPV, and includes steering, braking and accelerator functions to help you on your journey.

The ProPILOT system uses mono camera equipment with advanced image processing software, which can quickly recognise in three-dimensional depth objects such as other vehicles and road markings.

When it’s activated, the system automatically governs the distance between your vehicle and the preceding vehicle between speeds of 30km/h and 100km/h (between roughly 18mph and 62mph). It will also keep the car in the middle lane of a highway and control the steering.

The system can apply the brakes when needed, and after stopping, the vehicle will remain in the same place even if your foot is off the brake. The system then reactivates when the driver presses the accelerator or the ProPILOT button.

This system is Nissan’s first attempt at ‘making zero fatalities a reality’ and will be tested extensively around Japan, where Nissan will gather extensive amounts of data.

The ProPILOT system will be introduced into Nissan’s other vehicles, such as the Qashqai crossover, in Europe in 2017 with plans also in place to use it in the Chinese and U.S. markets.

The technology will be developed to incorporate multi-lane highway autonomous driving with automatic lane changing by 2018, and intersection and urban road driving for a planned launch in 2020.

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

July 13, 2016

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