Watch Euro NCAP Nissan LEAF ProPilot Test Video


How does the 2018 Nissan LEAF ProPilot fare in Euro NCAP testing?

Earlier today, we published an article with a video showing Euro NCAP testing of the Tesla Model S. As it turns out, the organization also put the 2018 Nissan LEAF through the same testing process. While Nissan makes no claim that its vehicles have any official form of self-driving tech, the new LEAF offers Nissan’s ProPilot semi-autonomous driver assistance technology. How does it stack up?

The LEAF seems to fare well in these tests, much like the Tesla Model S with Autopilot. For additional information on Euro NCAP automated driving tests, click here.

Video Description via Euro NCAP on YouTube:

Euro NCAP 2018 Automated Testing: Nissan Leaf ProPilot

Along with the video, the Euro NCAP website includes the following comments:

ProPILOT on the Nissan LEAF gives the driver a moderate level of support while maintaining the impression of the driver being in control with the car assisting them. The system is readily perceived as a system to assist the driver which aligns well with the information provided.

The name “ProPILOT” does not clearly indicate that the system is a driver-assist system and could be misunderstood. The limited scenarios tested show that the system provides assistance only. The handbook mentions that the system is designed for main roads and motorways, but the system is not geofenced and can therefore be engaged on any road with distinct lane markings. The legally-required hands-off warning tells the driver to keep his hands on the wheel, but slight steering input is sufficient to supress this warning. In case of no response to the warning, the system will bring the car to a controlled stop.

Within the longitudinal scenarios, the LEAF shows a high level of support in the slower-moving scenario. When approaching a stationary car, in the braking scenario and in the ‘cut-in’ and ‘cut-out’ scenarios, the system offers limited support, the driver being primarily required to handle the situation.

ProPILOT provides subtle steering support resulting in a good balance between the driver and the system in the S-bend scenario. In the absence of lane markings or other vehicles to acts as a guide, ProPILOT will change to a passive mode and will resume assistance when clear lane markings are detected.

Overall, the Nissan system is balanced with little risk of the driver over-reliance the system.

Take a look at how Nissan ProPilot compares to Tesla Autopilot based on the NCAP videos:

Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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7 Comments on "Watch Euro NCAP Nissan LEAF ProPilot Test Video"

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Both cars – Tesla S and leaf did well. But the leaf is way cheaper and the option propilot is also a fraction of the price.

I’d much rather be in the Tesla for the 80kh/h and 130km/h approaches to a stationary vehicle.

Ah, no… the Leaf did much worse. Did you not actually examine the videos? The driver had to intervene much more often.

At 130 km/h there was no vehicle response on stationary object….yeiks! But isn’t this the same as with Tesla and its love for fire trucks?

Nice helping technologies, that well used may improve the road safety a lot. But the state of technology still requires de full attention of the humans while driving.
The Nissan performs well at a good price. This technology ProPilot is available in the european Nissan Qashqai too, a car that costs less than 20.000 €, which is a very good news because the popularizaction of this improvements, are very important for a real impact in the reduction of victims on the road.
This new video series, may be relationed with the idea from EuroNcap to get from the UE Comission, the decission to make this systems mandatory for all cars in Europe in a near future.

Since we own both a 2018 Leaf with ProPilot and Model 3 this is interesting. We certainly always feel like these systems are driver’s assist aides but welcome the extra set of “eyes” especially when merging in cases where one really has to look back over one’s shoulder to get a good view of the target roadway. It is nice to have the car watching any vehicles directly ahead and reacting if they suddenly stop or slow.

Nice, generic comment. Almost like one of those spam-bots.