• Mar 29, 2007
The Infiniti EX concept that will debut this week at the New York Auto Show features a trick piece of parking assist technology called the Around View Monitor. It uses four cameras placed around the vehicle to create a composite video feed showing an aerial view of the vehicle. While we don't know much about how it works, the system features cameras placed in the grille, beneath both side view mirrors, and below the Infiniti badge on the concept's rear hatch. The camera in the grille is especially tricky, as it's concealed when not in use and rolls out when activated. It's even chromed to match the grille! The obvious use of the system is to aid in difficult parking manuevers. As such, we bet it can only be turned on when the vehicle is in reverse. We'd love to see someone hack the system to record a trip in motion from the sky, though.

Check out the video from Infiniti after the jump to see how the system works.

[Source: Kicking Tires]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      @ heywoodjablomee

      The rule for not running into those "pesky curb blocks" is this: look under your side view mirror when you're getting into those parking spaces. When you can see the block under your side view mirror, you can stop. Of course, this may not work for all cars, since dimensions are a bit different for each, but it's a good rule of thumb.
      Ron
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe now some drivers will be able to detect when they are in a handicap parking space! Cool stuff. Next generation of cars will be bought on the electronic that they have installed not so much on the horsepower.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hope this is better then the Lexus parking system. Although it works, my friends that have the Lexus with the system never ever use it. They just played with it for a month and that was it. The problem is it takes too long for a simple parking job. But the Infiniti system seems to have raised the technology a notch so it could actually be faster and do a better job.
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      DPCcars
      • 7 Years Ago
      I guess you have to be careful not to hit objects that are ABOVE the cameras.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, where I live, if you stick your head out your window to see if it's clear to back up, you'll likely end up decapitated by an oncoming car.

      It's a trick bit of technology. If it works, that is. The last clever bit of technology to come down, Lexus' automatic parallel parking system, isn't all that great, from what I've seen. We'll just have to wait until the journalists get a hold of it.

      And the EX may need something like this: it looks like it has way too little glass to have even decent visibility.
      Booker
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think it'd be interesting if it was able to be remotely activated....say if your car was stolen.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's too cool.

      The M45 has a nice system already, but this knocks the socks off of it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Having learned to parallel park in a conversion van, I definitely see some use to this when you're not parking in a garage everyday, or in some of the super tight parking garages in the city. That is way trick the camera comes out though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sometimes you need to go forwards when you're stuffing your car into a parking spot. Besides, it'd take too long to keep opening and closing the front camera when you do. Here's hoping it's manually operated.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Can't last more than one winter in the Great Lakes salt belt. You folks who've never seen the damage can't imagine how a new vehicle is degraded in just a weekend. It's far worse than living by the ocean.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #1. it went the way of cranking the engine by hand and using your hands to signal turns
      • 7 Years Ago
      It would be nice if you could use it while going forward as well, There are many idiots out there that can judge the distance of the vehicle in front of them very well while parking forward into a space as well. I know I've been the victim of some jackass that has "tunked" the ass end of my ride more than once and not even had the courtesy to leave a note apologizing. It would also come in handy in stopping short of those pesky curb blocks that always clip off your front spoiler or scrape your front end.....