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Nissan packs its ProPilot tech into the Dayz kei car for smart highway driving

Nissan packs its ProPilot tech...
Launched in Japan today, the new Dayz will afford semi-autonomous assistance with acceleration, steering and braking on the highway
Launched in Japan today, the new Dayz will afford semi-autonomous assistance with acceleration, steering and braking on the highway
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The all-new Nissan Dayz
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The all-new Nissan Dayz
The all-new Nissan Dayz
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The all-new Nissan Dayz
The all-new Nissan Dayz is billed as the first mini-vehicle to offer the company's ProPilot technology
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The all-new Nissan Dayz is billed as the first mini-vehicle to offer the company's ProPilot technology
The all-new Nissan Dayz is billed as the first mini-vehicle to offer the company's ProPilot technology
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The all-new Nissan Dayz is billed as the first mini-vehicle to offer the company's ProPilot technology
Launched in Japan today, the new Dayz will afford semi-autonomous assistance with acceleration, steering and braking on the highway
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Launched in Japan today, the new Dayz will afford semi-autonomous assistance with acceleration, steering and braking on the highway
A look inside the cabin of the all-new Nissan Dayz
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A look inside the cabin of the all-new Nissan Dayz
A look inside the cabin of the all-new Nissan Dayz
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A look inside the cabin of the all-new Nissan Dayz
Up for order in Japan from today, the Nissan Dayz is available in 17 different colors
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Up for order in Japan from today, the Nissan Dayz is available in 17 different colors
Up for order in Japan from today, the Nissan Dayz is available in 17 different colors
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Up for order in Japan from today, the Nissan Dayz is available in 17 different colors

Nissan's ProPilot technology has found a new home, and a rather compact one at that, in the company's all-new Dayz. The diminutive kei car is billed as the first mini-vehicle to offer the suite of driver-assist technologies, promising a safer and less stressful ride for those behind the wheel.

ProPilot is at the heart of Nissan's autonomous vehicle ambitions and will eventually allow for full autonomy, if the technology matures as hoped. For now, the company is working stripped back versions of it into selected models, starting with the Serena minivan back in 2016, which has since been joined by the Leaf and X-Trail.

Launched in Japan today, the new Dayz is the first kei car to carry the tech, which will afford semi-autonomous assistance with acceleration, steering and braking on the highway. This is complemented by other driver-assist features such as lane departure warnings, intelligent lane intervention and intelligent emergency braking.

The all-new Nissan Dayz
The all-new Nissan Dayz

Nissan says the new Dayz also features an updated powertrain, suspension and cabin, which includes the addition of its NASA-inspired Zero Gravity seats that are promised to reduce fatigue.

"The all-new Nissan Dayz will change the typical perception of kei cars," says Asako Hoshino, senior vice president of Nissan. "It will bring the performance, excitement and safety-enhancing features of our most advanced Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies, such as ProPILOT, to even more customers."

Up for order in Japan from today, the Nissan Dayz is available in 17 different colors with prices starting at ¥1.27 million (around US$11,500). There's no word yet on whether other markets will follow, but given the limited success of kei car models outside Japan, the chances are similarly limited.

Source: Nissan

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Don Duncan
What is the US import duty? It used to be $1,000/car. Too bad the law forbids customers to buy from the factory. Dealership monopolies double the purchase and maintenance cost at best. At worst, it varies. In a world where most trust their gov to protect them the law is part of that trust, given authority it rarely lives up to. The people get exploited and refuse to acknowledge it; it's referred to as, "The Sanction of the Victim". Politicians, bureaucrats, and LEOs rejoice. They, like their counterparts of old, the aristocracy, are literally, in a "class" of their own.