Unless you drive select Nissan models, you may not know what Nissan’s ProPilot is. This bit of technology helps drivers drive safer and it uses radar and cameras to do it. The front radar sensor works with a front-facing camera that is mounted behind the rearview mirror. The radar and camera combo helps drivers to stay in the center of their lane and to keep a preset gap between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. The 2018 Nissan Rogue was the first vehicle in the U.S. with ProPilot. In Japan, the 2016 Nissan Serena, which is a five-door min-van, had the first-ever ProPilot system.


The ProPilot Assist uses Nissan’s Steering Assist and Intelligent Cruise Control technologies to give you features such as top and hold, which stops the vehicle until traffic in front of you starts moving again. For now, the ProPilot only works in single-lane driving. ProPilot 2.0, once it becomes available in the United States, will have braking, steering and accelerating for multi-lane driving.


The driver enables Nissan’s ProPilot system by pressing a button that is mounted on the steering wheel. The system then allows you to enter the distance you want to have between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. The system also asks for the speed you wish to go. The system’s radar and camera use existing lane markers—icons on the dash turn from gray to green to show that the system is seeing lane markers—to send a lane departure alert and steering inputs into the system. This helps you stay in the center of your lane.

If the system senses that you took your hand off the steering wheel, it will send alerts. If you don’t put your hand back on the wheel, the system pumps the brakes. If you ignore both attention-getting signs, the system slows the vehicle down, turns on the hazard lights and stops in the center of the lane.


The 2019 vehicles that feature the ProPilot Assist system include the 2019 Nissan Rogue, the 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport, the 2019 Nissan Leaf and the 2019 Nissan Altima. ProPilot Assist is combined with other mobility features such as automatic braking, lane keeping assist and intelligent cruise control.


The next version of Nissan’s ProPilot Assist—version 2.0—will be available in the fall of 2019 in Japan. It is not expected to be in the United States until after it is released in Japan. Additionally, it must undergo more testing before it is released here. The new system allows hands-free driving if certain circumstances are met. However, it could be released in the Infiniti Q50 sooner.

Nissan’s ProPilot 2.0 offers Level 3 autonomous driving, which includes braking, steering and acceleration without input from the driver. The new system uses a front camera, AVM camera, sonar, front and side radar and a driver monitor. Before the Nissan ProPilot 2.0 may be activated, you must program a destination into the navigation system. Additionally, the vehicle:

  • Must be traveling on a highway;
  • You must be paying attention to the road—the driver monitoring system verifies this;
  • Your hands must be on the steering wheel if you want to change lanes; and
  • Hands-free mode only works in a single lane.

If you want to change lanes, you’ll have to put your hands on the wheel. The vehicle will sense if you need to change lanes for the route or if it is appropriate to change lanes. When it’s time to exit the highway, the system alerts you to put your hands back on the wheel. As soon as the vehicle enters the exit ramp, the system disengages itself.

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