Nissan's ProPilot Assist could be a commuter's best friend   new messages
Nissan's ProPilot Assist could be a commuter's best friend new messages
3:37

Nissan's ProPilot Assist could be a commuter's best friend new messages

Cars
[MUSIC] The road to self-driving cars has many levels. And with ProPilot Assist, Nissan is cracking level two. The system, which is coming to the new Leaf later this year, will not enable autonomous driving. Company officials are being refreshingly candid about that. This suite of tech is designed to ease the stress of stop and go driving, not to take over. I've come here to Nissan's tech center in Farmington Hills, Michigan to try out pro-pilot assist and that's appropriate since 50,000 miles of US development were quarterbacked right here out of this very facility. Let's hop into Nissan's test vehicle and see how it works. Activation is easy. You just press this blue icon to turn ProPILOT on, and then press the set button as you would for cruise control. The system only activates lane centering when conditions permit. The system leverages a front facing camera and radar to do its work. There's not a lot of expensive extra hardware required. [MUSIC] So we're here on 696 in suburban Michigan, on the freeway in heavy traffic. And right now, I've got this system activated and it's keeping me safely in the middle of the lane with a preset distance between me and the vehicle ahead. I've got the cruise control right now set at 75, but traffic isn't really allowing for it. So right now we're going about 65. It knows I don't have my foot on the pedal right now. And I don't actually really have to steer very much. Nissan has tested this system all around the country, not just for the different lane markings that vary state to state, but also different conditions like. Right now, we're going into a tunnel and it changes the light level and the contrast that this system has to work with. And that can be pretty challenging and it seems to be dealing with that with no problems whatsoever. And we've only been in the road for a few minutes. But one of the things I'm really impressed about with this system is how well is keeping me centered in the lane. And when you're in Michigan where sometimes the lane markings aren't great. And the road conditions with potholes and such also aren't great. It picked up the two lines which it needs on either side of the vehicle immediately and has held on to that ever since. This is a single lane system, it can't change lanes on it's own. However, if you initiate a lane change, it will reactivate automatically So if you focus as driver happens to drift off a little bite and you are not actively involved in your steering. It's going to warn you after a little while. So i have got my hands capped over the wheel here. But am not really exerting any toward coming. So it's gonna realize that am not really fully including the driving process. And it pups up the warning on the gauge cluster. [SOUND] So it gives me an audible chime and it's more urgent. And then it taps the brakes saying wake up, stupid. If I'm still not paying proper attention, or for some reason I'm incapacitated, this vehicle will actually slow down in lane all the way to a stop Putting the hazard lights on the back so that surrounding traffic knows there's something wrong and they get away from this vehicle. At the end of the day, ProPILOT Assist is a pretty simple system. But if my test is any indication, it works exactly as advertised. Most impressively, Nissan is rolling it out in more affordable, higher volume models like the next LEAF and soon, the Rogue. Instead of high dollar Infinitis, that means this safety tech will be in more customers' hands and on the road sooner and that's good news for all motorists, not just Nissan drivers. [BLANK_AUDIO]

Up Next

Electric Semi Trucks Are Hitting the Road
ev-semi-truck-still

Up Next

Electric Semi Trucks Are Hitting the Road

Meet a Mind-Bending Hybrid: The Sono Sion Solar-Grid EV
sono-sion-00-09-01-10-still220

Meet a Mind-Bending Hybrid: The Sono Sion Solar-Grid EV

Rolls-Royce Spectre Turns Ultraluxury Electric
Rolls-Royce Spectre EV

Rolls-Royce Spectre Turns Ultraluxury Electric

These Are the Cars That Qualify Now for the New Tax Credit
large-15747-2023-id-4-volkswagen

These Are the Cars That Qualify Now for the New Tax Credit

Don't Buy an EV Until You See the Most Important Ones Coming in 2023
221007-yt-electrified-best-evs-coming-in-2023-3

Don't Buy an EV Until You See the Most Important Ones Coming in 2023

I Don't Own an Electric Car and Here's Why
15851-id-buzzdrivingfootageeuropeanmodel-volkswagen-mp4-00-02-04-02-still002

I Don't Own an Electric Car and Here's Why

Where and When You Should Charge Your Electric Car
title-00-00-06-19-still001

Where and When You Should Charge Your Electric Car

The US Is About to Exit a Long Dark Age of Lousy Headlights
mazda-i-activsense-adaptive-led-headlamps-alh-mp4-00-01-04-10-still001

The US Is About to Exit a Long Dark Age of Lousy Headlights

DeLorean Introduces Two New Concept Vehicles: The Omega 2040 and Alpha5 Plasmatail
faqzdnavuaalnz-1

DeLorean Introduces Two New Concept Vehicles: The Omega 2040 and Alpha5 Plasmatail

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

Seen the New 2023 Prius? Here's Why It's Turning Heads
2023-prius-reveal-b-roll-toyota-mp4-00-00-39-19-still001

Seen the New 2023 Prius? Here's Why It's Turning Heads

Check Out the Three Best TVs for Every Budget
besttvs22-00pic

Check Out the Three Best TVs for Every Budget

Richard Dorton May Be the Most Prolific Video Game Actor You've Never Seen
thumb-for-site

Richard Dorton May Be the Most Prolific Video Game Actor You've Never Seen

Best Rokus for 2022
selects-00-20-35-14-still003.png

Best Rokus for 2022

How Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins Became a Millionaire Playing Video Games
streamer-and-gamer

How Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins Became a Millionaire Playing Video Games

How NASA Captured the First Artemis Moon Images with Hacked GoPro Cameras
artemis-moon-th-clean

How NASA Captured the First Artemis Moon Images with Hacked GoPro Cameras

Most Popular All most popular

Meet a Mind-Bending Hybrid: The Sono Sion Solar-Grid EV
sono-sion-00-09-01-10-still220

Meet a Mind-Bending Hybrid: The Sono Sion Solar-Grid EV

Comparing Apple Watch Ultra to the Series 8
vscnetthumb-applewatches

Comparing Apple Watch Ultra to the Series 8

5G Comes to Microsoft's Surface Pro 9
screenshot-2022-10-28-at-11-58-40.png

5G Comes to Microsoft's Surface Pro 9

Apple Watch Series 8: What the New Temperature Sensor Can and Can't Do
221026-site-apple-watch-8-in-depth-body-temperature-hands-on-2

Apple Watch Series 8: What the New Temperature Sensor Can and Can't Do

Why I Switched to iPhone
abrar-1

Why I Switched to iPhone

I Swam With a Deep-Sea Robot Designed to Outlast Humans
oceanonekthumb

I Swam With a Deep-Sea Robot Designed to Outlast Humans

Latest Products All latest products

First Look at Archer's Midnight Air Taxi
midnight

First Look at Archer's Midnight Air Taxi

Holoride Hands-On: VR in the Car Is Like a Disney Ride
holoride-00-00-03-12-still003

Holoride Hands-On: VR in the Car Is Like a Disney Ride

Hands-on With All of Microsoft's New Surface Devices
surfacepro9-event-00-00-04-05-still004

Hands-on With All of Microsoft's New Surface Devices

Microsoft Introduces Surface Studio 2 Plus
surfacestudio

Microsoft Introduces Surface Studio 2 Plus

I Used Meta Quest Pro: Here's What It's Like
questpro-00-03-30-13-still004

I Used Meta Quest Pro: Here's What It's Like

Fitbit Sense 2 First Look: New Software Makes a Difference
fitbit-aroll-00-00-46-14-still001

Fitbit Sense 2 First Look: New Software Makes a Difference

Latest How To All how to videos

MacOS Ventura Continuity Camera Turns Your iPhone Into a Webcam
1203246975312353-pnmdl8bwygpxcjffhlcf-height640.png

MacOS Ventura Continuity Camera Turns Your iPhone Into a Webcam

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys
3keyboards

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC
psstill

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account
phoneonorange

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account

Fix Your iPhone Screen With Apple's Self-Service Repair Kit
dsc00641

Fix Your iPhone Screen With Apple's Self-Service Repair Kit

How to Buy a Budget Laptop in 2022
budgetlaptops-00-08-35-15-still001

How to Buy a Budget Laptop in 2022