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At the Consumer Electronics Show in January, Nissan chairman of the board and chief executive officer Carlos Ghosn announced that the company would launch a new Nissan LEAF with ProPILOT technology (earlier post,) enabling autonomous drive functionality for single-lane highway driving. (Earlier post.) Nissan has now released a teaser image and video of the application of ProPILOT Assist in the new LEAF.

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.

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Nissan has so far applied ProPilot technology in the Serena and X-Trail (earlier post) in Japan. As applied in those vehicles, the accelerator, brakes and steering are controlled based on information obtained through a mono camera equipped with advanced-image processing software. Nissan incorporated its own image analysis technology with Mobileye’s technology into ProPILOT. The technology instantly detects the three-dimensional position of the preceding vehicle and lane markers and accurately controls the steering.

In 2010, Nissan was the first carmaker to introduce an all-electric vehicle to the mass market. Today, the Nissan LEAF is the world’s best-selling EV with more than 250,000 units sold and more than 3 billion kilometers traveled. The global reveal of the new LEAF is slated for later this year.

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