Nissan has revealed new technology that expands on its ProPILOT system to offer navigated highway driving, while also enabling hands-free single-lane driving.
The automaker considers this a world-first in driver assistance technology, and plans to debut the system in Japan through its Nissan Skyline model in the fall of 2019.
“Designed for on-ramp to off-ramp (ramp-to-ramp) highway driving, the new system engages with the vehicle’s navigation system to help maneuver the car according to a predefined route on designated roadways,” said Nissan in a news release. “For the first time, the system also enables hands-off driving while cruising in a single lane.”
It’s new hands-off (or hands-free) driving can be used when cruising in a given lane. The moment the vehicle approaches a road divide or when the possibility of passing a slower vehicle exists, the system will judge what it considers to be the right time to either brand off or pass a vehicle. Its information is based on data from the vehicle’s navigation system and 360-degree sensors.
“Intuitive audio and visual guidance is given to the driver, who is prompted to put both hands on the steering wheel and confirm the start of these operations with a switch,” said Nissan.
The vehicle is equipped with cameras, radars, sonars, GPS and an HD map. It uses this information to pull “360-degree, real-time information” of the surrounding environment and the vehicle’s exact location. There is also a monitoring system in the cabin that confirms whether or not the driver’s attention is on the road ahead.