2018 Nissan LEAF ProPilot Functionality Test Driven – Video

OCT 31 2017 BY MARK KANE 14

A follow up test drive review of the 2018 Nissan LEAF by Electrified Journeys Japan¬†(see original test drive/impressions here) is focused on¬†Nissan’s new ProPILOT Assist functions which debuted (for most of us) on the new ~150 mile/240 km EV.

2018 Nissan LEAF

The driving assist system turns out to work very intelligently in highway traffic environments, keeping both the line and speed, as well as being reactive to situations such as lane intrusion.

The system is also found to brake seamlessly, while also accelerating jauntily.

If you let go the steering wheel and go asleep, after some time elapses, ProPILOT will begin alarming you to pay attention, and if that doesn’t happen – the car will slow down and stop.

In the next generation of the system, the LEAF will be able to pull over to slowest line and the stop, which sounds like a much less dangerous situation than stop ping in the fast lane.

For Japan, the Nissan LEAF is actually the second model to get ProPilot, after the Serena van (Japan-only offering), received a slightly less capable version in 2016.

Nissan ProPILOT Assist

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This looks comparable to Tesla’s Autopilot, but with one key difference: if you fall asleep while on assist, the LEAF will stop the car. I believe Tesla will simply disengage Autopilot.

Pretty much all EVs using regen will stop the car eventually. Unless your foot is planted on the accelerator. Even my 4-yr-old ELR will slow down to whatever creep is. (around 2mph)

When a Tesla drops out of AP, will it revert to TACC+lane keeping?

The Leaf will also tap the brakes several times to jostle you (also showing brake lights), sound a alarm noise in the cabin and only then apply the hazards (and brake lights) and gradually slow you down to a stop.

I have Autopilot 1.0 (I assume the newer Teslas are the same treatment) and if we fall asleep it would also act similar to the Nissan if falling asleep.

It first says Hold Steering Wheel and flashes light around the dash screen after a couple minutes of not touching the wheel. If we ignore that it beeps after a few seconds and if we continue to ignore (or if it has to beep 3x in an hr) it will say Take Over Immediately, puts the hazards on and slows down to a stop.

Once that happens we cannot enable Autopilot again until after we park the car and drive again.

This coming from a guy that supposedly drives a Tesla X… How come you don’t know what your car will do in such situation? This is why it’s harder to lie that tell the truth, you have to remember all the crap you say.

Why would you spread FUD without the most basic research? Tesla will stop the car. Various articles and videos on this.

I honestly can’t tell why so many people seem so convinced Tesla is way ahead in autonomous tech. I’ve said it many times before, and I still haven’t gotten a convincing reply. To me, it seems like the main difference between this and Tesla’s tech is *not* what the tech is capable of, but simply that Nissan is a bit more conservative in applying it, a bit quicker to decide the human should take over – and a bit safer in the manner in which it switches itself off. All of which is frankly good in my book.

And just to be clear: I don’t think Nissan either has any special lead over any other manufacturers in this area. The LEAF is the first to offer the tech in such an affordable car, but the tech itself is very likely not developed by the car manufacturer itself and not exclusive to their products.

IIRC, the last time I read about an industry analysis of the state of autonomous tech, probably on this site, it concluded that Ford, of all manufacturers, was in the lead..!

Tesla can change lanes…Nissan’s pro-pilot is little more than ACC and LKA which has been available on a sleuth of affordable cars, the Volt has it although GM forces you to get the top trim and all options to add ACC…Several Honda’s can add “Honda Sense” cheaply and many Toyota models including the Prime come with it standard…Nissan is just choosing to market it as an autopilot competitor…

The Volt’s lane keeping is very rudimentary from what I’ve read from owners on gm-volt.com, and basically just ping-pongs from one side of the road to the other, and also pretty inconsistent in identification and reaction.

You can’t use it like ProPilot or Autopilot to basically take over your single-lane driving while you just monitor it.

If it was better, I’d have bought a Volt.

This pretty much describes the Japanese ethos on tech deployment, what is deployed is often well behind what the tech is capable.
You see it everywhere, but the most obvious example is the Shinkansen (Bullet train) they are quite capable of going significantly faster than they do, but Japanese caution means they only increment speeds relatively slowly. On the flip side in 50 years of operation and something like 10 billion passengers the Shinkansen has never had a passenger fatality due to a train fault.

One major benefit of the Tesla would be that you do not have to hit a ‘RES’ume button if you come to a stop — ie. intermittent stop and go traffic on a highway — the Tesla will stop and then go automatically (unless a very long stop)

According to Nissan the default is that resume is needed after a 3 second stop which can be changed to a longer setpoint by the driver.

I wouldn’t consider it that major.

I’m surprised that only a single finger has to be placed on the steering wheel to keep the steering wheel engaged. I previously assumed that both hands had to be on the wheel. Also worth noting is that Tesla’s autopilot is hands- free, as well as some other autopilot systems from what I can tell.

Well, it appears that Tesla’s self-driving demonstration shows the car driving in autopilot without the driver’s hands on the wheels. However, For Tesla vehicles the wheel does in fact have to be gripped.