The next generation electric Nissan Leaf will feature ProPilot technology, enabling autonomous drive functionality in single-lane highway driving. While spy photographers have caught a prototype testing, giving us a good idea of what to expect, the Japanese automaker has begun releasing bits of information on what will make the second-generation Leaf special in what will likely become a very competitive segment in the coming years. These are semi-autonomous driving features that will enable the auto to drive itself on highways with the push of a button, controlling the steering, acceleration, and braking.
Next-gen Leaf prototypes have been spotted over the past few months, while the final production version is expected in September for deliveries by the end of the year under the 2018 model year.
Using a network of cameras and radar sensors, the ProPilot system will track lane lines as well as the vehicles directly ahead of and behind the new Leaf and adjust its speed to keep it perfectly centered. The company says the technology "will offer increasing levels of autonomy" over its lifecycle. Tesla issues separate updates for its cars with different hardware, such HW1 and HW2, but it is not known yet whether Nissan's ProPilot software should be available for first-generation EVs.
The current-generation Nissan Leaf is only capable of 107 miles based on the US Environmental Protection Agency's current measurement system.