Skip to main content

Nissan ProPilot Assist tech makes U.S. debut on the 2018 Rogue

2018 Nissan Rogue
Image used with permission by copyright holder
Nissan has been teasing its ProPilot Assist system for some time, but it’s finally coming to the United States. Pro Pilot Assist is a driver-assist system that Nissan views as the basis for autonomous driving, but this technology requires taking things one step at a time.

ProPilot Assist launches on the Rogue crossover, which is currently Nissan’s bestselling model. Nissan claims the system will automatically keep a car centered in its lane, maintain a set speed and following distance to the car ahead, and navigate stop-and-go traffic on highways (as long as the driver stays in one lane). However, Nissan views ProPilot Assist as a driver aid, not a fully autonomous system.

The system uses a forward-facing camera and radar sensors, plus an electronic control module that allows it to manipulate the throttle, brakes, and steering. The driver presses a ProPilot Assist button on the steering wheel and sets the adaptive cruise control to activate it. Nissan says the system won’t work in inclement weather because it may not be able to detect lane markings. Any control inputs made by the driver override ProPilot Assist’s automated inputs.

ProPilot Assist will be available on the 2018 Nissan Rogue SL model with the optional Platinum Package. The SL is the most expensive of the three Rogue trim levels, but Nissan expects cars with the system to sell for under $35,000. The 2018 Rogue hits showrooms later this month.

The next U.S.-market model to get ProPilot Assist will be the 2018 Nissan Leaf, which goes on sale in January. The long-awaited redesign of the bestselling electric car in history is also expected to bring greater range in order to make the Leaf more competitive with a new crop of rivals. Nissan ultimately plans to make ProPilot Assist available on 10 models globally by 2020, including some from partners Renault and Mitsubishi.

Nissan plans to continue introducing more advanced assist systems until it reaches full autonomy. Within two years, the automaker wants to add “multi-lane highway driving” capabilities, followed by city-driving capabilities within four years. Given the uncertain regulatory environment and the newness of the technology, it makes sense to do a gradual rollout. But Nissan will have to be careful to educate its customers about the limitations of ProPilot Assist, so that they don’t confuse it with the fully autonomous systems so many automakers claim are just over the horizon.

Editors' Recommendations

Stephen Edelstein
Stephen is a freelance automotive journalist covering all things cars. He likes anything with four wheels, from classic cars…
Mercedes-Benz G580 vs GMC Hummer EV: rugged EVs face off
2025 Mercedes-Benz G580 from three quarter view.

There's finally an electric G-Wagon. Mercedes-Benz unveiled the new vehicle, officially called the Mercedes-Benz G580 with EQ Technology, after months of rumors and camouflaged sightings. But it's not the only rugged electric vehicle out there. In fact, there are quite a few EVs that could be considered rugged -- like the Rivian R1S, the Rivian R2, and, of course, the Hummer EV.

But how do the Mercedes-Benz G580 and GMC Hummer EV compare? Is one a better rugged electric vehicle than the other? Here's a look at the two vehicles, head to head.
Design
If you love the look of recent-generation G-Wagons, you'll love the look of the new G580. To be sure, it isn't exactly the same as other recent models, but it's certainly close, with a squared-off design and sharp corners. It keeps the metallic ladder frame panels and the flat roofline, and it's available in a variety of colors.

Read more
The Kia EV3 could be the cheap electric SUV we’ve been waiting for
White Kia EV3

The Kia EV9 was already one of the cheapest ways to get an electric SUV, but now the company is taking things to the next level. After teasing the Kia EV3 last year, the car is now official.

The EV3 is built to be a slightly smaller, cheaper version of the EV9 -- following the path of the Rivian R2, which arrived after the Rivian R1S. It's certainly not as technologically advanced as the EV9, but it still looks unmistakably like a modern Kia, and is clearly a sibling of the larger SUV. On the outside, the vehicle has the same split taillights and very similar Tiger Face front. But it is quite a bit smaller. The vehicle will be available in nine finishes -- however only "Aventurine Green" and "Terracotta" are being announced right now.

Read more
Kia EV3: release date, performance, range, and more
White Kia EV3

Kia is on a roll. Hot on the heels of the success of the Kia EV6 and EV9, the company is already announcing what could be its cheapest electric vehicle yet -- the Kia EV3.

The Kia EV line seems to follow the rule of lower numbers indicating a lower price — and if so, the EV3 will end up being the cheapest electric car Kia has released to date. That, however, thankfully doesn’t mean that the EV3 will be a low-end car — it just means that Kia may be pushing the boundaries on electric car pricing.

Read more