We arrived in LA with a mission to cruise the city enjoying the technology of ProPilot Assist and EPedal on board the Nissan LEAF and ROGUE.
So let’s learn a bit more about it, before we hit the road:
The system is called ProPilot Assist because this is not an autonomous driving system, but a driver assist.
Nissan calls this a level 2 (L2) automation system because it is capable of doing coordinated longitudinal and lateral control. That means it can handle acceleration, braking and steering. But it doesn’t let the driver remove himself from the equation.
ProPilot Assist builds on existing advanced driver assist systems, including lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control with enhanced software capabilities.
But for me, experiencing it, really gave me the peace of mind to relax and enjoy the ride, instead of being concerned with LA traffic, because I was being assisted, every step of the way.
The Nissan system explicitly requires drivers to keep at least one hand on the wheel at all times. A torque sensor in the steering wheel looks for small motions indicative of a driver holding the wheel or resistance to automatic steering motions. If the system decides that the driver doesn’t have a reasonably firm grip on the wheel after five to ten seconds it gives an audible warning and flashes an alert in the instrument cluster. Five seconds later, the alerts get progressively more insistent.
Ten seconds after that, it will automatically pulse the brakes a couple of times trying to get your attention. After 25 to 30 seconds with no sign the driver is responding, ProPilot will start slowing the vehicle and when speed drops below 40 mph, the hazard lights are turned on. Without intervention from the driver, the car will come to a complete stop.
It provides easy driving using only the accelerator pedal. The e-Pedal allows the driver to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop using only the accelerator pedal.
For instant acceleration, press down hard on the accelerator pedal. Lift off the pedal and the e-Pedal mimics stepping on the brake pedal, allowing the vehicle to slow down and even come to a complete stop.
In stop-and-go city traffic, the e-Pedal greatly reduces the need to shift from one pedal to the other, making driving easier and way more engaging. It allows sporty driving on winding roads, making the process of driving more exciting!
The e-Pedal allows the driver to launch, accelerate/decelerate and stop the vehicle by using only the accelerator pedal. By using only one pedal, tasks such as: judging the distance between the car in front; decelerating and stopping when going downhill; and stopping for traffic lights, have been drastically simplified and a lot more convenient.
For me, it reduced stress and complication in stop-and-go traffic. No better place than crazy LA traffic to test that, right?
We were able to experience those two features, the ProPILOT on the Rogue and EPedal on the LEAF. Cruising LA on one of the most fun scavenger hunts, I’ve ever participated!
First day, after a super fresh lunch, we took the ROGUE for a ride in LA! We started our scavenger hunt with the LA public Library, where we found BB-9 under the tree!
The OUE Sky Space , where we found another BB-9:
I even got some wings!
Night time was dinner and Nissan cool vehicles infused with Star Wars magic!
Between custom designed vehicles which can almost fly and aircrafts which can:
Fun appetizer options, where donuts are literally torched to become a caprese delicacy.
Next day we went on board the LEAF to the observatory and I learned how to fight like a Jedi
Then we headed to an action packed day with a stop at Griffith Observatory to find BB8, he was playing tourist, checking out the Hollywood Sign:
Time to get ready to attend the premiere at the legendary El Capitan!
Nissan provided an awesome glam squad and a costume!! Can you guess who I was dressed like?
At the Rooftop Party some children thought I was somebody famous and asked to take a pic with me!! I was so excited!!!! I felt like a celebrity!
Here are some Red Carpet Highlights before we watched the movie at El Capital Theatre:
It was one of the most exciting events I’ve ever participated! Being a huge Star Wars fan, it was an unforgettable trip!
Driving in LA was a dream come true, made easy thanks to Nissan’s technology and advancements!
You know I’ve been to LA many times this year, but this was truly an opportunity I will never forget!
Can’t wait to hear what you think! As usual, give us a Trendy Shout!
Wow that looks like a fun event… I love that car… we have nissan too… By the way I love your starwars themed costume.
Wow this is an impressive event! I like events with cars and tech, because the crowd are more interesting 🙂
Sounds like it was quite a trip out here. I guess living here I am just used to the kind of crazy. All of those features on the car sound interesting, although I am curious as to what the car thinks is a firm grip on the steering wheel. I would definitely be curious to test drive one.
Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness
This looks like a dream! How fun! Also, those donuts had me drooling!
That’s car looks pretty sophisticated. I enjoy reading how cars are improving. You hair was on point!!! I’m trying new styles on my daughter. I’m going to try this on her!
I love your star wars costume! It looks so cool! Wow!
What a great trip. I like Star Wars as well, and BB8 is so cute, I love him. You really look like you had a great time. We are looking for a car to buy, so this one goes in our list.
What a great trip. I like Star Wars as well, and BB8 is so cute, I love him. You really look like you had a great time.
Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place
This is such a fun event! Especially for anyone who’s a huge fan of the franchise. I think this car is amazing, the features are going to blow you away.
Such a wonderful experience. I am glad it was fun.
Wow your trip looked amazing. LA is may favorite place to visit and looks like you hit up all the good places!
It looks like you had such a great time at the Star Wars Nissan Event! I’m a huge Star Wars fan so I’m super jealous! I could definitely use some of those Jedi fighting lessons.
This is the kind of experience that’s unforgettable! I think it’s really awesome that you got to be a part of this event!
This sounds like a great experience with Star Wars. I’ve always been a fan of the Nissan brand for awhile.
My best friend drives a Nissan Rogue and she absolutely loves it. I love how Star Wars and Nissan partnered up once the movies came out!
Oh wow now this sounds like you had the most amazing time! Check out all that Star Wars and the car looks fantastic!
Wow! Those Star Wars vehicles are legit, and I love that you dressed up like Rey.
I am so jealous! It looks like you had an awesome time! I have a Nissan currently, and love the brand!
What a cool event! I would love to try the ProPilot Assist. Is sounds super weird, but in a good way!
That looks like it was a lot of fun! I would’ve loved cruising around in that Nissan and going to this. I love Star Wars.
Joanna Everyday Made Fresh
That was a really cool event! We are huge Star Wars fans, so this would have been a total blast!
A car with all the features that you need is definitely a dream come true! I love the exterior as well. It’s such a fancy looking car and a good one too!
What an awesome event … and an awesome vehicle! I love the ProPilot Assist feature … technology is amazing.
Wow! A true Star Wars experience for any fan! My husband would have been so proud 🙂
You looked incredible! I just love Star Wars. This looks like such a neat vehicle. I’ll need a new one at some point.
What an amazing experience! I love all things Star Wars, and you did ALL THE THINGS!
Toni | Boulder Locavore
Wow! Such a cool car and amazing event! Such a great experience for you!
What a fun trip, and so many great spots right in downtown LA! Love it there. We went to Skyaspace this year as well!
And okay, what an incredible car and system! Definitely looks like a great time!
What an amazing experience! I love all of your photos. The Pro Pilot Assist sounds really cool.
Mama to 6 Blessings
Wow what a great event! Looks amazing! What a blast to be able to have lightsaber lessons!
Looks like an amazing event. Love all of your fashion choices!
ok that looks like the most immersive experience=I mean they even got you all glammed up and what a sweet ride!
So many of my friends love Star Wars! It looks like you had an awesome experience with nissan.
Loved your hair style for the premiere! So very Jedi of you.
What an amazing experience, and of course you can’t go wrong with Star Wars!! I loved seeing all of the vehicle props, so cool.
What an amazing trip!! I totally want to try those caprese donuts now!
Sounds like you had fun. I have yet to see the newest Star Wars movie – I need to get on that.
I need to check out this car! I love the auto assist feature- can totally use all the help I can. Plus the Star Wars event looks amazing!!
Isn’t the auto assist a cool feature? I want that in my car!
It looks like an incredible experience! Loved your costume choice too!
Wow! The car looks awesome, and looks like you had so much fun!