Nissan Altima Boasts ADAS Features, ProPilot Assist

Nissan debuted the latest iteration of its midsized Altima sedan at the New York International Auto Show, featuring ProPilot Assist, Nissan Intelligent Mobility features and the first available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive in a Nissan sedan in the US.

ProPilot Assist helps control acceleration, braking and steering during single-lane highway driving — more of a “hands-on” driver assist system rather than a “self-driving” feature.

The technology, which underwent more than 50,000 miles of development on roads across the US, combines a steering assist feature and intelligent cruise control for use in both heavy and flowing traffic situations.

ProPilot Assist uses a forward-facing camera, forward-facing radar, sensors and electronic control module to help the driver stay in the center of the driving lane.

It also helps maintain vehicle speed — set by the driver — or maintains a gap to the preceding vehicle if the vehicle speed drops below the driver-set speed.

A standard feature on the 2019 Altima SV, SL and Platinum models, ProPilot Assist can slow the vehicle to a complete stop and holds the vehicle during traffic jam conditions.

Also new for the 2019 Altima is rear automatic braking, which helps the driver detect stationary objects when backing up, and if necessary applies the brakes to help avoid a collision — a feature also found on the new Cadillac CT6 V-Sport.

Other advanced safety system features provides front, side and rear safety monitoring and intervention technologies, including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning (LDW), radar-based blind spot warning (BSW).

The Altima also comes equipped with High Beam Assist (HBA), which automatically turns on the high beam headlights when needed and and switches to low beam when it detects a vehicle ahead.

Meanwhile, NissanConnect combines navigation, security and entertainment features with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, accessed through an eight-inch multi-touch color display.

Among the features are curfew, speed, and boundary alerts that let users get notifications from their car if the limits they’ve set are exceeded — Nissan says this can help parents ensure their kids are using the family sedan accordingly.

The Altima, which goes on sale in the US this fall, has been on the market for 25 years — Nissan has sold 5.6 million Altima sedans to date –and faces increased competition from foreign and domestic automakers when it comes to ADAS and connectivity features.

Ford, for example, will bring 4G LTE connectivity to several of its vehicles within in the next two years, and is expanding its suite of standard-issue ADAS, including blind spot assists and automatic braking.

While the Altima is aimed at mid-market consumers and represents a moderate step forward in ADAS technology, the company presented a much more radical concept to the public in Geneva earlier this month.

The IMx Kuro — Japanese for “black” — is an electric crossover concept vehicle that includes integration with Nissan’s sci-fi-sounding brain-to-vehicle (B2V) technology.

The concept behind B2V is that the autonomous driving system can actually interpret signals from the driver’s brain to assist with driving, and can help the vehicle’s autonomous and manual systems learn from the driver.

— Nathan Eddy is a filmmaker and freelance journalist based in Berlin. Follow him on Twitter @dropdeaded209_LR.

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