New 2018 Nissan LEAF Parks Itself – Video

5 months ago by Eric Loveday 24

Nissan Leaf ProPilot Park

Nissan Leaf ProPilot Park

The next-generation Nissan LEAF will be able to park itself, thanks to what Nissan calls ProPILOT Park.

This newly released video shows just how easy it is to park a next-gen LEAF. It requires little more than a push of a button.

ProPilot Park is part of Nissan’s recently announced ProPilot Assist technology. Nissan states:

“ProPILOT Assist supports drivers by helping control acceleration, braking and steering during single-lane driving on the highway.”

In the coming years, Nissan’s ProPILOT technology will offer increasing levels of autonomy, with the system eventually able to navigate city intersections. Set to help make driving more secure and more enjoyable, ProPILOT Assist is part of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s blueprint for transforming how cars are driven, powered and integrated into society.”

It’s all part of Nissan’s grander push towards self-driving vehicles.

The new 2018 Nissan LEAF is set to debut in Tokyo on September 6th (which is September 5th in the U.S.).

ProPilot Assist video below:

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24 responses to "New 2018 Nissan LEAF Parks Itself – Video"

  1. Taylor S Marks says:

    A drawing of a car parking itself really doesn’t cut it today. Even a controlled demo of it wouldn’t really be all that impressive.

    To really sell this to me, I’d want to see an independent person drive into a random city and see it work for them on the first try.

    Otherwise it looks to me like Nissan is over 3 years behind Tesla in self-driving tech, and only falling further behind.

    1. Terawatt says:

      Well, I’ve yet to see a Tesla drive itself with zero intervention from the “designated driver” (in this case literally!), in London at rush hour, but I have seen Nissan do it.

      I agree that the video was underwhelming. Hearing that the 2018 model will have essentially the same functionality that Tesla has offered for years (if intermittently, since AP2 has only now caught up with AP1) may seem to indicate Nissan is years behind. And in terms of making their tech available to users they were behind, but will be on par next year. And in terms of their tech capability I see no solid reasons to believe Tesla to be much different from the others. They are just much less conservative in bringing it to end users.

      Are you aware of any self-driving capability that we can expect Model 3 to have that the LEAF won’t have?

    2. Brave Lil' Toaster says:

      I’m not trying to be a Nissan apologist here or anything, and I think it’s worth noting that these videos were designed for the fanboy set. (Hey! That’s us!)

      However, at this point in time, they’re not about to release video of an actual Leaf actually parking in the actual, real world because they still haven’t released images of what an actual 2018 Leaf looks like. Nor are they interested in doing the same with a camouflaged Leaf.

      But I’m pretty sure that after September 6 (US Time!), they’ll be more interested in showing off more of these features, using actual, real-world examples.

      As for me, I’m hanging onto my 2012 Leaf while saving my Loonies and Twonies for the day that I can buy a used 2017/2018 Leaf/Bolt/Model 3 with actual cash, so I’m not borrowing money to do it. Because saving money while saving the environment is kind of important to me.

  2. DNAinaGoodWay says:

    Not in US for 2018 MY, only Japan and Europe.But whatever, parking isn’t that hard.

  3. unlucky says:

    Useless video.

    I love the idea of cars parking themselves. It seems like it should be easy and terribly convenient. And then you watch current systems in action (regardless of manufacturer) and they are all very slow and prone to just aborting mid-process. They’re sufficiently bad that you would be unlikely to use them except to demo to your friends.

    It’s so strange. I look forward to improvements on this front. It should be able to ram that car in the spot faster than I can, instead of going very slow and failing.

  4. La Frennia di Mamata says:

    If they STOPPED building CARTOON looking Cars it Would Help their Sales too!

    1. Just_Chris says:

      I wish they would build cartoon looking cars, the cars in cartoons are normally pretty cool. The leaf, as much as I love ours for what it is under the skin, is seriously ugly.

  5. AlphaEdge says:

    Just another case of everyone missing the boat, when Tesla is including the hardware and software (overtime) to allow fully autonomous driving, and having the huge advantages that the current hardware is gathering the data needed for level 5 autonomy.

    Like SpaceX landing rockets, dismissed and even ridiculed by most other providers, who are now re-evaluating their strategies.

    1. La Frennia di Mamata says:

      I agree , Spacex Re-Landing Rockets Upright Is an extremely Serious Breakthrough/Achievement that No-One in the History of Rocket Science has been able to accomplish. This is Nothing to Laugh at , For Sure!!! Only f00ls would take a feat such as this and make Lite of it..

    2. unlucky says:

      Musk claims the current system gathers enough data for level 5 autonomy. He also said that about the previous system but later changed his mind.

      There is not a lot of reason to think the current system will ever reach level 5 autonomy.

    3. theflew says:

      Tesla hopes they are including all the hardware necessary for level 5 autonomy. There is no guarantee the cars sold today will be capable of or meet the regulations for full autonomy. If Tesla puts that in writing somewhere then that’s a big difference.

  6. DJ says:

    Hey Nissan, I don’t give a crap about this. How about you just make it a bit cheaper and include TMS and begin to sell it ok 😀

    1. William says:

      Nissan’s innovation once again, “Excites”! If Nissan would just bring the 60 kWh Leaf already, with a decent TMS, it would at least be only a year late competing with the 2017 Chevy Bolt. While your at it Nissan, make it handle the faster next generation level 3 chargers, so the Tesla Model 3 doesn’t just put the Leaf to shame, on so many levels.

      1. unlucky says:

        We don’t know how fast Model 3 DC charging is yet. No way to know what shame there is on this front.

  7. notting says:

    According to the video, probably that system will fail quite often. It’s because very often there’re quite long cars in quite small parking lots and narrow “streets” on that car park. So you very often have also to use most of the space which was actually that you can open the driver’s door and your neighbor his one, too.

    notting

    1. energymatters says:

      So the clear question there is does Nissan allow the car to be parked, retrieved without a driver in it? A la Summon on Tesla?

      Any Nissan folks reading this that can answer that?

  8. Jason says:

    We’ll see how Nissan implement this, but if they use the traditional model (and there is no reason to think they won’t) then ProPilot will only be available on some up spec model. Contrast that with Tesla including the hardware on every model, easily able to activate at a later date.

    Tesla also demonstrates how they leverage this hardware, whether it is activated or not, to gather driving data. It will be very interesting to see if Nissan has been paying attention and mimics this level of commitment. Hopefully their current Leaf, with SMS data capture have proven the worth of such a design.

    1. DJ says:

      Hopefully they won’t mimic it. No need to spend $ on a car that can’t actually drive itself until it can actually drive itself IMO.

      Now, if you want to then by all means but I wouldn’t want to be forced to pay for something that I wouldn’t use.

  9. ParkingIsEasy says:

    Pointless tech IMO. if you can’t park a car properly on your own, you should not be driving. If, in the other hand, I can get out close to my destination and send my car to park automatically without me, then yes, that’s worthwhile.

    1. john1701a says:

      That first impression is reasonable…but then you discover how handy it is.

      Not having to worry about the geometry is wheel turns and being able to concentrate on traffic instead is a definite plus. You can get into a tight spot quickly.

      Prime has this for both parallel & perpendicular parking.

  10. John Ray says:

    Another positive Leaf article, another round of disparaging comments from the Teslabots. You guys are quite funny. If the car in this video were called the Model 3, you would be showering it with praise.

    Hope the Model 3 can live up to the hype.

    1. Lolo Miller says:

      +1

  11. Jim says:

    Seems like the people who don’t like the video aren’t really watching the dvelopment of Leaf technology anyway. Of course Nissan isn’t going to show you the actual car, it comes out in Sept. Wetting the apatite is what it’s all about.

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