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Hands-off driving: the result of a 20-year pursuit of safety

When the new Nissan Skyline went on sale in Japan last July, customers and the media immediately took notice of the car’s unique “wow” factor – hands-off driving, enabled by the new ProPILOT 2.0 system.
 
The award-winning advanced driver assistance system lets drivers take their hands off the wheel under certain conditions in a single lane on supported highways in Japan*. It also assists the driver with traveling on a multi-lane highway until reaching a predetermined exit, helping handle passing and lane changes.
 
But creating a “wow” factor wasn’t Nissan’s goal. The hands-off feature is just one result of safety development that dates back to the 1990s.
 
“Our team started the development of ADAS (advanced driver assistance system) technology 20 years ago,” explains Tetsuya Iijima, general manager of autonomous driving and ADAS at Nissan, whose team developed ProPILOT 2.0. “And in the first 10 years, we were mostly focusing on the driver assistance technology to help avoid accidents.“
 

 

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