At a keynote address on January 5 at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn revealed that the company is going to expand its ProPilot automatic driving technology to a global scale.
He announced, “The Renault-Nissan Alliance plans to have ProPilot in over 10 models in Europe, Japan, China and the US by 2020.”
ProPilot is an automatic driving technology that can be used for single lane driving on the highway. It made its first appearance with the new Serena, released in August, 2016. It is an innovative technology that enables safe automatic driving in a single lane on the highway. It automatically handles all acceleration, braking and steering in both congested traffic conditions and long-distance cruising, reducing the burden on the driver.
ProPilot also assesses road conditions and traffic conditions through a high level of image data processing technology so that it can control steering appropriately. It drives in a natural way, just as if a human driver were operating the vehicle. In Japan, the grade of the new Serena with ProPilot is popular, accounting for about 60% of sales.
Regarding its plan to expand ProPilot beyond Japan, Nissan says, “We are expanding models equipped with ProPilot including the new Qashqai, which is set for a 2017 release in Europe.”
(Translated by Greg Scott)