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Slogging through urban traffic in your family crossover is about to get just a little less tiresome. Nissan said today that the 2018 Rogue will be the first U.S. model with ProPilot Assist,  a semi-autonomous feature that can take over driving in certain highway situations.

ProPilot Assist can steer, accelerate, and brake for the driver ­– even slowing to a complete stop if traffic halts – on roads with clearly visible lane markers. Nissan says it has tested the system over 200,000 miles and specifically tuned the Rogue’s software for U.S. roads; ProPilot is already offered overseas.

2018 Nissan Rogue with ProPilot Assist
2018 Nissan Rogue with ProPilot Assist

Drivers activate ProPilot Assist by first selecting the blue “ProPilot” button the right-hand side of the steering wheel, and then activating the Rogue’s adaptive cruise control. The system uses a forward-facing camera, radar, and various other sensors to monitor lane markings and other traffic. If the windshield wipers are put in the low or high positions, or if lane markings are not detected, ProPilot will be disabled. The system also turns off if the driver presses either pedal or steers, meaning the driver is always ultimately in control. If traffic stops for less than three seconds, ProPilot will automatically accelerate the car again when it starts moving; otherwise, the driver must push the accelerate or the “resume” button.

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ProPilot will only be offered on the Platinum package for the 2018 Nissan Rogue SL; although package pricing hasn’t been confirmed, a Rogue SL will cost $32,035 with destination for a front-wheel-drive model or $33,385 with all-wheel drive. Nissan says that even with the Platinum pack added on top of that, a ProPilot-equipped Rogue should come in below $35,000.

ProPilot Assist will also be available on the 2018 Leaf. Going forward, it will offer an increasingly broad feature set: Nissan says that by 2020 it will be able to drive on roads with intersections.

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Nissan ProPILOT™ Assist technology makes U.S. debut on 2018 Rogue – reduces the hassle of stop-and-go highway driving

Nissan brings its most advanced driving assistance technology to its best-selling model

Available on 2018 Rogue SL Platinum Package with an MSRP1 under $35,000

New ProPILOT™ Assist hands-on-wheel technology paves the way to the next level of autonomous driving

Unique Nissan Intelligent Mobility approach enhances the driving experience by introducing technologies to make vehicles more intelligent, exciting and attainable partners

ProPILOT Assist will also be offered with all-new Nissan LEAF electric vehicle, coming in early 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan's ProPILOT™ Assist technology, continuing to pave the way for future fully autonomous vehicles, will be available on the company's bestseller, the Rogue compact SUV. ProPILOT Assist reduces the hassle of stop-and-go driving by helping control acceleration, braking and steering during single-lane highway driving.

ProPILOT Assist2 is the foundation for the autonomous vehicles of the future, helping drivers maintain lane control, navigate stop-and-go traffic, maintain a set vehicle speed and maintain a set distance to the vehicle ahead – all with a simple two-button operation. ProPILOT Assist is available on the 2018 Rogue SL grade as part of the Platinum Package, with an expected starting price1 under $35,000 when it hits dealer lots later this month.

"Nissan continues to democratize technology, bringing our most advanced systems to our highest volume models, rather than reserving them for our most expensive vehicles," said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. "Customers are delighted when they realize they can afford technology usually reserved for high-end, expensive luxury vehicles. Bringing unexpected value is core to the Nissan brand and our Nissan Intelligent Mobility mission."  

Following Rogue, ProPILOT Assist will next launch on the Nissan LEAF in January 2018. Nissan has plans to extend the technology to more models in the U.S., Europe, Japan and China – with 10 models to be launched by 2020 by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, the world's largest automotive manufacturer.

The 2018 Rogue is available in three well-equipped grade level: S, SV and SL. As in previous years, Rogue offers exceptional passenger and cargo flexibility with its innovative EZ Flex Seating System™ and Divide-N-Hide® Cargo System. Along with the new ProPILOT Assist, other enhancements to the 2018 Rogue include the addition of standard NissanConnectSM featuring Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ on all trim levels, and revised Midnight Edition Package content.

Rogue continues to set monthly sales records, including a 47% increase in September. Calendar year 2017 sales-to-date of nearly 300,000 units represents a 22.9% increase over the previous year.

"The world is facing serious challenges such as climate change, traffic congestion, road fatalities and increasing air pollution. Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility, we are committed to addressing these challenges by making transportation safer, smarter, and more enjoyable," said Bunce. "The new ProPILOT Assist technology is a perfect example of how we can make drivers feel more confident and more connected to their vehicles."

About ProPILOT™ Assist

The 2018 Nissan Rogue's new ProPILOT™ Assist2 eases driver workload by reducing the amount of driver acceleration, steering and braking input under certain driving conditions. To activate the system, the driver simply pushes the blue ProPILOT™ Assist ON button, which is integrated into the right-side steering wheel spoke. Step two is to set the Intelligent Cruise Control when the desired speed is reached, as with a normal advanced cruise control system.

When lane markers are consistently detected, steering assist engages and the steering wheel/lane marker icons on the instrument panel turn green. Both right and left hand markers need to be detected by the front camera. Steering assist will engage or disengage depending on the visibility or presence of lane markers, though the Intelligent Cruise Control will remain active. If the vehicle comes to a complete stop in a traffic jam situation for more than three seconds, the driver just presses the resume button or taps the accelerator pedal to begin moving again.

Tested about 200,000 miles on U.S. roads and tuned specifically for U.S. roads, ProPILOT™ Assist is designed to be more intuitive and user-friendly compared to other driver-assist technologies. It can potentially help lessen driver fatigue and create a more confident driving experience – especially for drivers who experience heavy highway traffic on a daily basis.  It utilizes a forward-facing camera, forward-facing radar, sensors and electronic control module to help the driver stay in the center of the driving lane and to maintain vehicle speed (set by the driver) or help maintain a gap to the preceding vehicle if the vehicle speed drops below the driver-set speed. It also can slow the vehicle to a complete stop and holds the vehicle during traffic jam conditions.

Steering assist is cancelled in inclement weather if the windshield wipers are in the low or high position (if lane lines can be detected, the system can remain active when the wipers are in the intermittent mode or if the mist function is activated).

The driver's input always takes priority, overriding the system when the steering wheel is turned or the turn signal is operated (steering assistance goes into a temporary standby mode). The system also goes into temporary standby mode when the accelerator pedal is pressed. The system's Intelligent Cruise Control and lane keep assistance are both cancelled when the brakes are applied.

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