If you haven’t embraced the fact that self-driving cars are the future of the automotive market, you need to take a look at what Nissan is offering with the new Leaf. The ability of a car to drive itself on the roads is quickly moving away from the science fiction part of what we think of for future driving to becoming a reality and one that will become something of a system we want when it’s time to get out on the road and deal with the congestion that’s part of highway driving that we’re faced with on a daily basis.
With the thought of self-driving being closer to reality than we’ve ever had in the past, the Nissan team is offering us the new Leaf to be the next generation of the most popular EV model that’s been offered on the market starting with the 2018 model year. This new EV model brings in the new ProPilot Assist system which is an advanced system to allow you to experience less stress when driving as it handles the acceleration and braking duties for you over an extended period of time to make it easier for you to have the drive you want.
More than Just a Cruise Control System
As a system that will take care of the braking and the acceleration you want to enjoy on the road, you might think all I’ve described is a system that acts as a cruise control that’s better than the standard system in older models form the past. This new ProPilot Assist system is also able to handle the steering for you on marked roads but you do have to keep your hands on the wheel at least 95 percent of the time, but you can allow the system to be able to get the job done for you.
This new system is currently offered in the Platinum trim level of the Nissan Rogue and will be offered in the SV and SL trims of the Leaf as it reaches the market. Using this system as the foundation for the development of a fully autonomous system in the future, Nissan is testing the Leaf in real world testing of this model to make sure we can have the technology that will be used in the future to give us self-driving cars that won’t need to have a driver behind the wheel.
Right now, the ProPilot Assist system isn’t a fully autonomous system, but it does work well most of the time. Weather, unmarked roads, and even sunlight can diminish the ability of this system to keep you in the lane where you need to, but it does work well for the drive. If you choose the new Leaf with this system, make use of it and get an idea of what the future holds, because the sci-fi characteristics you’ve seen on the screen are working their way to our real life vehicles that we love to drive and enjoy on a daily basis.