Nissan has announced a new iteration of its ProPilot suite of driver assistance features that will enable hands-free driving while on the highway.
Like similar systems from other automakers, Nissan ProPilot 2.0 will handle the acceleration, braking and steering when the vehicle is on certain stretches of highway, but there are some caveats. The driver must have a destination in the navigation system, ProPilot will then provide a visual and audible notification to the driver when they are in a stretch of highway will allow for the hands-free experience.
ProPilot 2.0 is also capable of assisting with lane changes. The driver must have both hands on the wheel and turn on the blinker, but the car will eventually change lanes on its own when it deems it appropriate.
Nissan is able to provide a hands-free experience because the company is leveraging a camera inside the cabin to monitor driver attentiveness. This is a similar setup to Cadillac SuperCruise.
For now ProPilot 2.0 has only been confirmed for the Japanese market, will it will launch in the fall of 2019 in the Nissan Skyline sedan. There’s no word yet on when it will find its way to the U.S. market.