Nissan has developed a road autopilot that does not require keeping hands on the wheelMay 17, 2019
Nissan has expanded the capabilities of the ProPILOT Assistance System, adding the function of semi-autonomous driving on highways with the ability to move without hands. The new technology will debut on the Japanese Nissan Skyline this fall.
The road autopilot Nissan so far can only work on certain roads and is not able to independently drive and exit from the highways. To activate it, the driver needs to set a route in the navigation system – after that, the system will keep the car in the lane, assist with rebuilding and overtaking.
When driving at a constant speed in one lane for the first time, you are not allowed to keep your hands on the steering wheel, but any maneuver will be accompanied by an audiovisual warning — for example, to change lanes, you will have to take the steering wheel and turn on the turn signal. A set of cameras, radars, ultrasound sensors, GPS (therefore the autopilot does not work in tunnels) and high-resolution 3D maps are used for the autopilot operation. In addition, the system constantly checks whether the driver is looking at the road. Autopilot has a number of restrictions: it does not work on highways with two-way traffic, on winding roads and at entrances to payment points on toll roads.
A similar complex called Super Cruise is in Cadillac. This is also a semi-autonomous autopilot for highways with a limited number of entries, which does not require the driver to keep his hands on the wheel at all times. To operate, Super Cruise uses the driver’s eye tracking function, a set of cameras, topographic data obtained from the lidar, and information from the navigation system.
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