In a visit to Nissan’s design center in Japan, a Nissan representative announced the “Nissan M.O.V.E.” plan, which includes the ProPILOT advanced driving technology. This technology will be equipped in 20 car models in 20 markets by 2022.
1. ProPILOT Autonomous Driving Technology:
ProPILOT is a self-driving technology designed for driving on a single lane on highways under real-world conditions. It comprises three main features: maintaining a pre-set speed, maintaining a safe distance from the preceding vehicle by automatically controlling acceleration and braking, and keeping the vehicle centered in the lane on straight roads and gentle curves.
The ProPILOT system is effective at speeds ranging from 30km/h to 100km/h. Below 50km/h, the ProPILOT system only operates when there is a preceding vehicle. Nissan is currently implementing a one-year pilot program in Japan on ProPILOT-equipped Nissan models to enhance their autonomous driving capabilities, aiming to achieve Level 3 or Level 4 automation.
2. Intelligent Parking Technology: ProPILOT Park
Nissan’s ProPILOT Park technology is available in the Nissan LEAF 2018 model. This technology utilizes four high-resolution cameras and 12 sensors positioned around the vehicle to evaluate the surrounding environment in real-time.
ProPILOT Park allows the vehicle to autonomously park in various real-life scenarios such as parallel parking, perpendicular parking, and angled parking. Users simply need to select the desired parking position and press the ProPILOT Park button, and the vehicle will automatically park itself. Moreover, the system is programmed to stop the vehicle if it detects any potential hazard during the parking process.
3. Intelligent Pedal Technology: e-Pedal
The e-Pedal technology is one of the advanced technologies Nissan applies to its commercial vehicles. With the Nissan e-Pedal, drivers can start, accelerate, and decelerate the vehicle using only one pedal.
When the e-Pedal is activated, removing the foot from the accelerator pedal results in automatic vehicle deceleration. After the vehicle comes to a complete stop, the hydraulic brake system automatically engages to hold the vehicle in place. The system can keep the vehicle stationary on hills, both uphill and downhill, even at significant slopes (up to 30%). In emergency situations, drivers can still use the traditional braking system.
4. Intelligent Rearview Mirror: Intelligent Rearview Mirror
The Intelligent Rearview Mirror is a smart mirror that integrates an LCD screen to display real-time video from a rear-mounted camera. Drivers can switch between the LCD screen and the conventional rearview mirror by pressing a switch located at the bottom of the mirror, depending on their needs.
This smart rearview mirror allows drivers to have a clear view of the traffic situation behind the vehicle, effectively eliminating blind spots. It enhances safety and comfort during driving. The Intelligent Rearview Mirror is currently equipped in Nissan models such as Nissan Armada and Nissan Patrol.
5. Intelligent Auto Headlights: Intelligent Auto Headlights
This Intelligent Auto Headlights system has two functions: automatic activation of the headlights when the surrounding light decreases and automatic activation of the headlights when the driver activates the windshield wipers during rain.
The system utilizes sensors to measure the ambient light intensity and precisely determines the appropriate time to activate the headlights. In the case of accidental activation of the windshield wipers, the headlights are turned on, but they will not operate if the windshield wipers are not used for a certain period of time. The Intelligent Auto Headlights system is currently equipped in Nissan models such as X-TRAIL and QASHQAI.
All features mentioned above are part of Nissan’s commitment to developing advanced technologies for safer and more convenient driving experiences.