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2018 Nissan Rogue marks US debut of semi-autonomous ProPilot

Nissan was quick to point out that its semi-autonomous ProPilot Assist highway system[1] would be available on the 2018 Nissan Leaf[2]. But that won’t be the first Nissan in the US to carry this tech. The 2018 Nissan Rogue, which goes on sale Oct.

24, will be the first vehicle in the US to carry ProPilot Assist. It’s available on the SL Platinum Package trim, which is expected to cost less than £35,000. Anything that reduces the annoyance of the highway slog is good in my book.

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The whole point of ProPilot Assist is to reduce driving-related tedium.

It’ll control the accelerator, brake and steering in a single marked highway lane. The driver has to push the bright blue ProPilot button on the steering wheel and set the adaptive cruise control to the desired speed, and the system will take care of the rest. Nissan’s second ProPilot Assist-equipped vehicle will be the 2018 Leaf, which goes on sale in January.

Eventually, Nissan wants to roll this tech out to a number of models in the US, Europe, Japan and China. But given the Rogue’s popularity, this was a very smart place to start. Other than ProPilot Assist, the Rogue’s 2018 changes are minimal.

The NissanConnect infotainment system is now standard across the lineup, and it includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The SV trim gets a standard motion-activated liftgate, and the SL trim gets adaptive cruise control and other assist systems as standard equipment. If you’re wondering how much this all costs, 2018 Nissan Rogue pricing information is below.

Hybrid pricing has not yet been announced:

2018 Nissan Rogue Pricing

Trim

2018 MSRP 2017 MSRP Net Change Rogue S FWD

£24,680 £23,820 £860 Rogue SV FWD

£25,900 £25,240 £660 Rogue SL FWD

£31,060 £29,960 £1,100 Rogue S AWD

£26,030 £25,170 £860 Rogue SV AWD

£27,250 £26,590 £660 Rogue SL AWD

£32,410 £31,310 £1,100

References

  1. ^ ProPilot Assist highway system (www.cnet.com)
  2. ^ 2018 Nissan Leaf (www.cnet.com)

GardenSpace Release Date, Price and Specs

A plant sensor that springs into action.

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Like other smart plant sensors[1], GardenSpace knows when your flowers need a drink. Debuting Tuesday on Kickstarter[2], this tall garden sentry goes a couple of steps beyond the norm by actually watering your plants for you and spraying away pests. GardenSpace looks over your garden during the day and takes pics to monitor the health of your plants and water them as necessary.

You can use the app to tell GardenSpace what you’re growing, and get more detailed care advice as well. Combining info from an infrared thermometer, an infrared camera and a normal RGB cam mounted on the front of its rotating head, GardenSpace calculates the water stress levels and the general health of your garden. It can monitor up to 100 square feet — providing customized care to any plant in that radius.

At night, GardenSpace doubles as a sentry, and uses its motion sensors to watch for and ward away critters with a spray of water. It’s solar-powered with a backup battery for a cloudy day, and it’s pretty easy to set up — stake it in the ground and attach an ordinary hose. I got to see GardenSpace in action and it’s taller than I expected — it came up to my waist.

That height gives it a bird’s eye view of the action and the proper angle to spray water anywhere in its radius. The app wasn’t ready for a demo yet. Supposedly, it’ll be able to walk you through any extra care steps you need to give your plant and will also be able to give advice about what to grow and when to plant it.

This plant sensor is pretty tall.

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I certainly like the idea of a smart garden gadget that will take the day-to-day maintenance and guesswork off of my plate.

Plus, GardenSpace doubles as a kind of security guard for your garden, so if it fulfills its promises, it’ll be much more of an active aid in your quest for a green thumb than the other plant sensors we’ve tested. GardenSpace will start shipping to Kickstarter backers at this time next year. You can preorder it now at a discount[3]. At retail, the sensor have a hefty £400 price tag — so it’ll need to live up to its potential to be worth that kind of splurge.

GardenSpace will be available internationally, and the US price converts to approximately ?300 and AU£500.

References

  1. ^ smart plant sensors (www.cnet.com)
  2. ^ Kickstarter (www.kickstarter.com)
  3. ^ You can preorder it now at a discount (www.kickstarter.com)

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