New 2017 Nissan Qashqai to gain ProPILOT autonomous car tech

New 2017 Nissan Qashqai to gain ProPILOT autonomous car tech

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Nissan's ProPILOT autonomous technology to turn up on next Nissan Qashqai in 2017 as £1,500 privilege

Nissan’s new autonomous drive assist technology, ProPILOT, could start out as a £1,500 chance in the 2017 Qashqai. Subsequent versions of the plan are also planned that will occasion progressively more advanced autonomous technology features to Nissan models more than the next four years, company bosses keep revealed to Auto Express. 

The first rendition of ProPILOT, Traffic Jam Pilot, is to be featured in the new Qashqai, and resolution be able to control the car’s acceleration, braking and steering in lone lane traffic and highway use. Speaking to Auto Make known at Nissan’s Futures event in Barcelona, Takashi Shirakawa, chief vice president of Nissan Technical Core in Europe, said: “In Japan the election [which is already sold on the Nissan Serena], is about 200,000 Yen, so it could sell it for around £1,500 in the UK.”

The subsequent and third versions of ProPILOT called Highway Leader and Intercity Pilot, are due to be released in 2018 and 2020. The ci-devant will allow vehicles to automatically divert lanes and overtake on motorways, while vehicles equipped with the third rendition will be able to drive autonomously in unerring urban settings.

However, early adopters of Nissan cars with the oldest iteration of ProPILOT won’t be able to upgrade to more advanced autonomous technology in the coming years, like they can with other carmakers like Tesla.

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“The faulty and third generations will use different kinds of sensors. The ProPILOT One uses cameras to connect traffic ahead of vehicles, there may be a software in the subsequent, but these cameras cannot allow for more advanced autonomy like overtaking on motorways. Our commodity is quite different from Tesla’s. Tesla is [more] dividend priced.” Shirakawa said.

Shirakawa also confirmed ProPILOT intention be featured across Nissan’s range. “We be to deploy ProPILOT One across the whole scale of Nissan vehicles, but it depends on timing and costs.” 

This includes the new Micra, which Shirakawa says could also see the technology in the subsequent, as long as the cost can be justified: “Most Micra customers are get conscious. Cost is a huge priority, so we call to look at how much European customers are consenting to spend. But I believe, personally, that flush with Micra customers can pay for a £1,500 option in the UK vend.” 

And while the technology will in the final analysis be rolled out across the model range, Nissan also confirmed that its cars won’t be built with an ethically programmed plan that will choose lives of passengers over and above pedestrians under certain situations. Maarten Sierhuis, Chief of Nissan Research Centre, said: “We won’t shape such a system. Our system will in all cases try to steer clear of a collision.” 

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