Nissan has debuted the 2019 Nissan Altima at the New York International Auto show, and one of the most significant features shown off for the cars was a semi-autonomous pilot mode.
Known as the ProPilot Assist, the Altima can take control over your car to control your speed and the distance from other vehicles. It makes sure that you are centered in your lane and keeps a look out on your blind spot. The feature is currently in the 2018 Nissan Leaf and 2018 Rouge SUV, and now it joins the Altima series.
The ProPilot Assist is not fully autonomous, however. The driver will still need to hold on to the steering wheel at all times and remain alert. It is most ideal to use this on highways or for long road trips. This makes the driving experience safer, and less tiring.
This is an essential step as now car manufacturers are looking to bring the autonomous functionalities into all brands of cars, regardless if they are premium or basic models. Soon in the future, a semi-autonomous mode could be a standard in all vehicles.
The 2019 Nissan Altima will be available to buy in fall. Nissan does have plans to release a full-autonomous line of vehicles in 2020.