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Friday, May 17, 2019

Nissan Claims Updated Car is Highway Hands-Off

Quite a claim.   Not all the way to autonomous cars.  First of all the claim is for highway driving only.  And even there you wont be able to play cards with your passenger.   A driver facing camera will look for distractions, and I assume enforce your attention in some way.  Still an interesting step in an autonomous direction.  And once you had such a system working, you  have considerable data to tune and extend it further.

Nissan claims its upgraded ProPilot system enables hands-off highway driving  By Stephen Edelstein in Digitaltrends

Nissan is introducing a new version of its ProPilot Assist driver-assist system in Japan that marks a big step forward in automation. The current version of ProPilot Assist is basically adaptive cruise control with a lane-centering feature, but Nissan claims the new system — dubbed ProPilot 2.0 — allows for “hands-off” driving on highways.

ProPilot 2.0 is designed to work only on highways, similar to Tesla’s Autopilot and Cadillac’s Super Cruise systems. It has the capability to follow a route set in the car’s navigation system from on-ramp to off-ramp. Once the car reaches the off-ramp, the driver must retake full control. On the highway, though, Nissan claims drivers can take their hands off the wheel while the car cruises in a single lane. Drivers must still pay attention and be ready to retake the wheel at all times, Nissan noted. A driver-facing camera checks for signs of distraction. It’s a sensible precaution, given the antics some Tesla owners have gotten into with Autopilot. Systems like these may take some of the workload, but they do not allow cars to drive themselves. ... " 

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