Nissan introduces hands-free highway driving capability for Q50

Nissan calls it a world first, a marriage between navigated highway driving and hands-off single-lane driving.
It's a new version of its ProPILOT assist system, now designed to take you from on-ramp to off-ramp, using the vehicle's navigation to maneuvre the car on its pre-destined route.
Once you're on the highway, the system can be activated.
The destination must first be set, and then the vehicle can assist the driver on their pre-determined route. It can handle passing, lane diversions and lane exiting.
The system uses a combination of onboard cameras, radars, sonars, GPS and high-accuracy 3D map data to see other vehicles and provide a 360-degree picture of the world, and Nissan says it can replicate a smooth driving experience as if a human was in control.
If the Nissan detects that it can pass the vehicle in front, it will send a visual and audio cue to the driver, where they can choose to pass by placing their hands on the wheel and pressing a switch. The vehicle will perform the pass, and then request confirmation that it can re-enter its original lane.
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Once the vehicle is nearing the designated off-ramp, visual and audio cues alert the driver that the system is about to turn off, and the driver must place their hands back on the wheel and drive manually.
The technology will debut on the Japanese-market Infiniti Q50 equipped with ProPILOT Assist 2.0. Canadian availability has not been announced.
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