The writer (Goo Goo Lourie) was also among guests able to ride in Japan in a Nissan Serena, which is equipped with ProPilot – a revolutionary autonomous drive technology designed for highway use in single-lane traffic.
We enjoyed driving the car on Yokohama highways and experienced Nissan Serena’s fully automatic mode.
Nissan Serena’s ProPILOT eased the workload in heavy highway traffic in Yokohama.
When activated, the ProPILOT helps to keep the car centred by reading lane markers, measuring the distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you, and providing steering assistance.
Even after only a short time behind the wheel, a Nissan Serena with ProPILOT is a good technology to self-drive the car in one lane.
It cost $2000 (R27, 849.37) to add ProPILOT system in a Nissan Serena.
The technology is extremely user-friendly, thanks to a switch on the steering wheel that allows the driver to easily activate and deactivate the system.
The carmaker has not yet announced any timelines to introduce ProPILOT in emerging markets such as South Africa, Morocco, Brazil, and Chile.
The Nissan Serena would look great in South Africa’s highways.
The carmaker plans to introduce a multi-lane autonomous driving technology to enable automatic lane changes on highways.
It is planned for introduction in 2018 while autonomous driving on urban roads and in intersections is planned for launch two years later.
In simple terms, ProPILOT is a blend of adaptive cruise control and lane keeps assist or active steering technology.
It is a solid step towards self-driving.
Ford, BMW, and Tesla are also forging ahead with their plans for delivering autonomous cars by 2021. Bosch and Daimler are also working together on developing a fully automated vehicle. For more read: Bosch, Daimler to Work on Fully Automated, Driverless System