Nissan product planning chief Phillipe Klein says the automaker will be ready to match technologies to the value consumers place on them. Roger Schreffler reports.

Nissantakes another step in its so-called Intelligent Mobility strategy with the rollout of the new X-Trail SUV featuring the automaker’s ProPilot autonomous-drive system, a technology its chief product planner considers competitive with more-heralded self-driving systems from Google and Uber.

Equipped with a windshield-mounted camera to identify other vehicles and lane markers alongside the highway, the Pro-Pilot-equipped X-Trail drives autonomously in single-lane traffic. It performs acceleration, steering and braking to keep the car in the centre of its lane. It is activated by the turn of a switch.

The X-Trail is the second Nissan vehicle to incorporate the ProPilot, coming about 10 months after the Serena minivan. Next up is the Qashqai compact CUV in Europe. This article first appeared in WardsAuto.

TU-Automotive ADAS & Autonomous USA 2017

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