Nissan Serena teardown (1): ProPILOT autonomous driving technology

A wide-range of features including the latest driving support system and visibility aids

2017/03/07

Summary

Nissan Serena
The Nissan Serena being torn down

  A teardown analysis of the Nissan Serena was conducted in January 2017 as part of the benchmarking activities of the Hiroshima Industrial Promotion Organization. The fifth generation Serena (model C27: released in 2016) has been praised for its pursuit of advanced functionality and the implementation of the ProPILOT autonomous technology for driving in a single highway lane. As a result, the model was awarded the 2017 RJC Car of the Year award.

  While an increasing number of European and U.S. luxury vehicles are equipped with driving support technology including for steering systems, Nissan chose to implement ProPILOT in its mass-produced family minivan first. Moreover, even though the vehicle boasts a wide-range of features for a minivan, the price has been set at less than JPY 3 million.

  This report will cover the driver support systems starting from the all-new ProPILOT technology, and then focusing on the Smart Rearview Mirror, Around View Monitor, and parking assist systems. Future reports will cover equipment that was carefully optimized based on the utility of minivans, and Nissan's efforts to reduce the vehicle's costs in order to provide it at a low price despite its many features.

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(Part 3) High-rigidity body structure for crash safety, handling stability, and quietness (Sep. 2016)
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Honda Accord Hybrid (Feb. 2014)
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