In furthering its journey to self-driving cars, Nissan just announced its ProPILOT Assist technology will be included on the 2018 Nissan Rogue SL Platinum edition. Typically, autonomous systems of such sophistication are reserved for high-end vehicles with price tags tens of thousands of dollars higher than the Rogue. Before the $975 destination fee, the Rogue SL Platinum will have a sticker price below $35,000.
ProPILOT Assist is a driver’s aid technology that helps drivers maintain lane control, navigate stop-and-go traffic, maintain a set vehicle speed and maintain a set distance to the vehicle ahead. It manages all of this with the push of two buttons: The blue ProPILOT button activates the system, and the Set button activates the cruise control when the driver reaches their desired speed.
Relying on a camera mounted behind the interior review mirror and the radar sensor for the Intelligent Cruise Control, ProPILOT Assist doesn’t simply keep the vehicle within the lane markings by ping-ponging back and forth between the lane markers, but actually centers the Rogue in the middle of the lane. The system will only activate when lane markings are present and visible to the camera.
Designed to operate only when the driver’s hands are on the steering wheel, the system issues an audible alert when it senses no driver steering input. If after a few seconds the driver doesn’t respond, the system will slow the car and eventually bring it to a full stop if the driver continues to be unresponsive.