Despite the fact that Tesla had several failed attempts in developing the autopilot technology, Nissan decided to enter in this dangerous arena as well.
The company agreed to adopt a safer approach by using a ProPilot system, which is based on semi-autonomous driving technology. The new model, Nissan Serena, will most likely be on sale starting from the end of August in Japan.
The Serena will be designed for highway use, and it will be the first model benefiting from a combination of braking, accelerator, and steering which will consist of a fully automatic mode. This way, the driver’s job will be much easier when it comes to long commutes and heavy highway traffic.
The ProPilot technology will allow the driver to activate the semi-autonomous system by choice at any time while driving just by pressing a button situated on the steering wheel.
The semi-autonomous choice is by far a much safer approach because it doesn’t cut off the driver’s purpose and it reduces the risks of other consequences. First of all, vehicles must be safe so, for every big car company, the customer’s safety must come first.
In Nissan’s case, thanks to the ProPilot system the driver’s efforts are reduced, but he must always be alert with the hands on the steering wheel. This way, you will always be better prepared for the worst case scenario.
For instance, if the semi-autonomous system senses no hands on the wheel for more than four seconds, the driver will be immediately alerted. ProPilot is also designed with a preventive crash system because if the roads are snowy and slippery or if the wipers are on, and the vehicle has under 31 mph (51 km/h).
Nissan official’s underlined that their target is “Zero Emissions” and “Zero Fatalities.” In other words, the company aims to provide more than 90 percent safety to its customers. If the program is a success, the automaker will introduce the semi-autonomous system in China and United States as well.
Also, the new ProPilot Qashqai model will most likely appear on the European market next year. Still, the system is designed for single-lane driving for the moment, but the company aims to introduce multi-lane driving by 2018.