Nissan aims to ease stress of heavy traffic with ProPilot

Nissan is bringing together adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist with lane-centring technology into one feature it is branding ProPilot Assist.

The technology combination, meant to cope with heavy stop-and-go traffic in single-lane driving, debuts this fall in the US in the refreshed Nissan Leaf electric vehicle. It launched last year in Japan in Nissan’s Serena minivan.

While many automakers offer similar systems – although not necessarily in a single package – Nissan officials say ProPilot is more seamless in its operation and should result in less tension for the driver when it is in use.

“Our intention is to keep drivers in charge, and we’re taking away the stress of the drive,” says Chris Reed, vice-president-components engineering here at Nissan’s Technical Centre North America near Detroit. “It may not sound remarkable but (when I’m) driving in LA it’s amazing the difference between the tension that you have with (other systems vs. this).” This article first appeared in WardsAuto.

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