Nissan introduces ProPILOT Autonomous Driving
It's odd to think that just a few short years ago, autonomous driving is vehicles were still the stuff of science fiction. However, the technology behind it has advanced by leaps and bounds, and now, thanks to the dedicated efforts of Nissan's engineering team, we're closer than ever to seeing self-driving vehicles out on the roadways in force, and it all begins with the Nissan Serena.
Now, other vehicles have been on the market for a little while now with autonomous capabilities, but the Nissan Serena, which is coming to the Japanese market this August, represents a significant step toward a cost-effective production vehicle with comprehensive autonomous driving technology. The Nissan Serena boasts the capability to maintain a set speed in a single lane of traffic, including turning and braking to a full stop. Now, despite this extensive functionality, a driver is still needed to operate the vehicle, as the system is engaged like a conventional cruise control system with the press of a button on the steering wheel. But this vehicle's success in Nissan's home market could mean that we'll see similar systems implemented in American models sooner that one might think.
With just a few short weeks until the Serena's release, the ball is firmly in Nissan's court if it intends to carry this technology forward to new heights of functionality and new market availability. For our part, we're excited that this former fictional technology is officially so close to becoming a reality for passenger vehicles. However, we've still got some time yet before self-driving vehicles make it to our lot, so if you're in the market for a new Nissan vehicle today, feel free to stop by Scott Evans Nissan in Carrollton to test drive one…while you still can drive them!