Nissan Announces ProPilot Autonomous Driving Program
Sick of waiting in traffic, enslaved behind the wheel? That kind of boredom may soon be a thing of the past. Nissan has made its bid to participate in motoring’s high tech makeover. The company’s ProPilot technology officially announces the Yokohama based carmakers foray into autonomous driving. At the heart of the program, is a high-spec laser scanner that determines the distance between the vehicle and its surroundings through precise three-dimensional measurements enabling navigation in tight spaces.
The laser combines with an eight-way, 360-degree view camera system for accurate routing decisions at intersections and on sharp curving roads. These autonomous driving technologies were tested on roads and highways in Japan and the United States earlier this year.
Nissan will introduce the ProPilot autonomous driving technology in a model in Japan later this year, and then expand availability to Europe, United States, China and eventually the Middle East. ProPilot 1.0 can be used in congested highway traffic conditions.
By 2018, the company plans to implement a multiple-lane, ProPilot autonomous driving function that allows highway lane change, while by 2020, the new technology will facilitate driving on urban roads, including intersections.
The future might not have arrived just yet, but with ProPilot it feels closer than ever and Nissan is hardly alone in its efforts. What’s next? Eventually these systems will need to communicate intra-brand so that cars can share data and avoid traffic snarls. Autonomous driving— it’s the future.