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Serena ProPILOT Tech Makes Autonomous Japan First

Yokohama – July 13 – Nissan revealed the all-new 5th-generation Serena on Wednesday, scheduled to go on sale in Japan at the end of August, and ProPILOT, a revolutionary autonomous drive technology designed for highway use in single-lane traffic.

The Serena was first introduced to the market in 1991, and the all-new version takes an evolutionary step forward with a refreshed, exciting look and a variety of new functions catering to a new generation of minivan users.

With ProPILOT, Nissan is the first Japanese automaker to introduce a combination of steering, accelerator and braking that can be operated in full automatic mode, easing driver workload in highway traffic and long commutes.


Employing advanced image-processing technology, ProPILOT understands road and traffic situations and executes precise steering, enabling the vehicle to perform naturally. Thanks to a switch on the steering wheel, ProPILOT allows the driver to easily activate and deactivate the system, offering a fit-to
-drive interface with a personal display showing the operating status.

The accelerator, brakes and steering are controlled based on information obtained through a mono camera equipped with advanced-image processing software. The ProPILOT camera can quickly recognize in three-dimensional depth both preceding vehicles and lane markers.

Once activated, ProPILOT automatically controls the distance between the vehicle and the preceding vehicle, using a speed preset by the driver (between approximately 30 km/h and 100 km/h). The system also keeps the car in the middle of the highway lane by reading lane markers and controlling steering, even through curves.

ProPILOT automatically applies the brakes to bring the vehicle to a full stop. After stopping, the vehicle will remain in place even if the driver’s foot is off the brake pedal. When ready to resume driving, ProPILOT is activated when the driver touches the switch again or lightly presses the accelerator.

Nissan is proactively working to make its corporate visions of “Zero Emissions” and “Zero Fatalities” a reality. Under “Nissan Intelligent Mobility”, ProPILOT promotes safety and instills confidence in drivers, and is part of “Nissan Intelligent Driving”.

ProPILOT will be introduced into other vehicles, including the Qashqai in Europe in 2017. There are also plans for the technology to be introduced in the U.S. and China markets. A multi-lane autonomous driving technology will enable automatic lane changes on highways and is planned for introduction in 2018, while autonomous driving on urban roads and in intersections is planned for launch in 2020.

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