Nissan shares vision of autonomous vehicles with lawmakers in the U.S.

Nissan shares vision of autonomous vehicles with lawmakers in the U.S.

Nissan shares vision of autonomous vehicles with lawmakers in the U.S.

You’re about to depart on your daily commute, with a million things on your to-do list once you get to work. If only you could work in your car.

While we aren’t there yet, the accelerated pace at which automakers and tech companies are introducing vehicle prototypes and automated drive features has left some stakeholders behind. On one hand there’s excitement. On the other hand there’s concern.

Nissan addressed both this month when it hosted a forum that explored the future of autonomous vehicles. The event, held in Washington, D.C., gave lawmakers, regulators and other U.S. government officials a close and reassuring look at how Nissan is in the driver’s seat when it comes to automated drive technologies.

Andy Christensen, senior manager, Nissan Technical Center North America in Michigan, explained how Nissan’s perspective is different from other approaches that seem focused only on removing the driver from the driving experience. Nissan’s philosophy is not to simply replace the driver in an automated vehicle. Instead, Nissan wants to enhance the driver’s experience by introducing technologies that make cars more intelligent and more exciting partners.

“Someday, when drivers want, the technology will be available to do the driving task for them,” said Christensen. “But at Nissan, we see the driver remaining engaged and integral well into the future.”

It’s really an evolution. Traditionally, how to drive the car “was always left up to the human driver.”

That’s changing, according to Christensen: “Working in the area of driving automation is a completely new challenge since we are now trying to develop sensors and systems that can understand and adapt as well as human drivers.”

As technology begins to tackle the complicated task of driving, today’s driver will first experience systems assisting them, such as Nissan ProPILOT Assist, while they remain in full control.

“With continued advances in sensor and processing technology, more of the driving task will eventually be able to transfer from the driver to the system and ultimately allow the driver to do something other than drive the vehicle,” said Christensen.

Maarten Sierhuis, director, Nissan Research Center Silicon Valley, and Tracy Woodard, director, Government Affairs, Nissan North America, joined Christensen in sharing Nissan’s perspective on the future of autonomous vehicles. Woodard said hosting the event was important to “showcasing our approach to autonomous vehicles and leadership in how we are going about thoughtful rollout of these technologies.”

And as lawmakers, regulators and states grapple to understand the opportunities, challenges, realities, misconceptions, present and future of autonomous vehicles, Woodard said Nissan wants to help keep the conversation moving forward.

“Bringing our experts to Washington shows our willingness to engage on these topics with the groups and decision-makers who attended,” said Woodard.

Among those attending Nissan’s informational event were members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Tennessee Department of Transportation.


Nissan releases X-Trail with ProPILOT autonomous drive technology

Nissan releases X-Trail

Nissan releases X-Trail

The Nissan X-Trail today became the second car available with ProPILOT*1, Nissan’s autonomous-drive technology that reduces the hassle of stop-and-go highway driving.

The updated X-Trail goes on sale at Nissan dealers throughout Japan today. ProPILOT, the car’s main new feature, supports drivers by helping control acceleration, braking and steering during single-lane driving on the highway. The technology has until now only been available in the Nissan Serena, which was fully redesigned in August.

The X-Trail has won over customers with its excellent driving performance and advanced features, including Intelligent Emergency Braking and Intelligent Around View Monitor with Intelligent Park Assist.

The updated version also features design changes. The exterior has a tougher new look, and the interior has an enhanced quality feel.

Other changes offer new levels of convenience. The Intelligent Park Assist system has been improved. The model also comes with a remote-controlled Automatic Rear Door, which you can operate by sliding your foot under the rear bumper.

Hybrid versions also feature an automatic grille shutter, which improves aerodynamic performance. Updated controls improve regeneration during deceleration. These features contribute to a fuel efficiency of 20.8 km/L (JC08 mode*2). All hybrid grades qualify for tax exemptions by exceeding 2020 fuel efficiency standards by 20%.

The NISMO Performance Package version of the X-Trail features design updates to its signature front and rear under spoilers. It’s also available with newly designed aluminum road wheels as a dealer option.

Nissan releases X-Trail

Overview of updated X-Trail

Advanced features

– Nissan’s ProPILOT autonomous drive technology, which helps control the accelerator, brake and steering functions when driving on the highway, in both heavy and flowing traffic (factory option on 20X/20X Hybrid)
– Intelligent Park Assist with a function that automatically sets parking positions (factory option on every grade)
– Intelligent Around View Monitor, which can display a view from all sides on the display screen, and Intelligent Rear View Mirror, both available as dealer options (factory option on every grade)
– Remote-controlled automatic rear doors (with hands-free/automatic reverse features), which can be unlocked and operated by sliding your foot under the rear bumper. (available on 20X/20X Hybrid)

Safety features

– Intelligent Lane Intervention, which can warn the driver and assists with steering when the vehicle begins to move out of its lane on freeways and arterial roads (factory option on 20X/20X Hybrid)
– Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which can detect vehicles crossing behind your car and warn you (factory option on 20X/20X Hybrid)
– High Beam Assist, which can automatically switch between low and high beams when oncoming traffic is detected (factory option on 20X/20X Hybrid)

Exterior design

– Revised fascia design for tougher look
– Enlarged signature “V-Motion” design and waistlines extending from the front grille to the engine hood
– Head/rear combination lamps with projector-type high/low beams, accentuated in black housing
– Shark-fin antenna
– Available in 12 exterior color variations, including six new colors such as “Premium Corona Orange” and “Garnet Red”

Interior design

– Redesigned instrument panel and steering
– Instrument panel features “gliding wing” design