Nissan adds autonomous drive technology to second model

Nissan today released an updated version of its X-Trail model in Japan, making it the second vehicle model available with the carmaker’s ProPILOT autonomous-drive technology.

The ProPILOT feature, available as a factory-installed option, aims to reduce the hassle of single-lane highway driving by helping drivers to control acceleration, braking and steering.

Buyers can also choose to add Nissan’s Intelligent Lane Intervention, a driver assistance feature that warns the driver and helps with steering if the vehicle starts to move out of its lane on a main road.

ProPILOT was previously only available on the Nissan Serena, which won the Grand Prize in the 2016 Nikkei Superior Products and Services Awards in Japan for the technology. More than 60% of customers have opted to include it with their purchase, according to Nissan.

In February, the carmaker announced that it had carried out on-road testing of its autonomous drive technology for the first time in Europe as it carried out a real-life prototype vehicle demonstration in London.

Nissan also announced plans to launch a new model of its LEAF electric car featuring ProPILOT technology at January’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.