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Vehicles from an increasing number of automakers are becoming more aware of their surroundings than the drivers that operate them. The latest is Nissan, which has announced several new safety technologies set to be added to its lineup, including a Forward Collision Avoidance Assist Concept. The system works like similar systems from other manufacturers including Acura, Lexus, Ford and Mercedes-Benz, but evolves the concept even further.

A front-mounted radar sensor detects when the vehicle is closing too quickly and first warns the driver and then applies the brakes automatically to avoid or minimize the effects of a crash.

Additionally, the moving object detection uses the surround-view camera system to determine if there are pedestrians or other objects moving in proximity of the vehicle. Unlike pedestrian detection systems from Volvo and Lexus, this system only functions at very low speeds and doesn't apply the brakes. Instead, the driver gets an audible and visual warning of anything moving around them. No specific vehicle applications or timing have been announced, but it's safe to assume we'll be seeing this tech featured on Infiniti's wares sometime next year.


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Nissan Introduces a New Technology Designed
to Help Prevent Higher Speed Rear End Collisions

YOKOHAMA (July 28, 2010) - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced its "Forward Collision Avoidance Assist Concept," a new technology designed to address both sides of potential rear end collisions: helping a driver avoid hitting the vehicle ahead in a lane of travel, while also helping reduce the potential risk of sudden braking - being rear-ended by a vehicle approaching from behind. The new system has the capability of avoiding possible collisions at forward speeds of up to approximately 60kph, the highest speed ever for forward collision avoidance systems.

The concept utilizes a highly sensitive radar sensor to monitor the distance from the vehicle in front and its relative speed.

When the system judges that deceleration is required, it alerts the driver using both a screen display and sound, then generates a force that pushes the accelerator pedal up and smoothly applies partial braking to assist the driver in slowing the vehicle down.

If the system judges that there is the possibility of a collision, it will automatically apply harder braking and tighten the driver's seatbelt.

The new "Forward Collision Avoidance Assist Concept" detects the vehicle in front at an earlier stage and generates warnings so that the driver can take action to keep away from a high risk situation. Because the system is designed to help the driver decelerate smoothly, it is also expected to help reduce the risk of the vehicle being rear-ended by another vehicle approaching from behind.

Nissan is promoting the development of safety technologies as part of its "Safety Shield" concept, based on the idea that "vehicles help to protect people." From the viewpoint that the driver is always the main subject of driving, Nissan places emphasis on assisting the driver intuitively through means such as visual and audio notifications.



Nissan Introduces New Driving Assistance Technology Designed to Help Detect Moving Objects Around the Vehicle

YOKOHAMA (July 26, 2010) - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced its new "Moving Object Detection" (MOD) driving assistance technology, which is designed to detect moving objects around the vehicle and alert the driver to their presence. MOD has been developed as an additional function for Around View Monitor,*1 Nissan's driving and parking assistance system.

The conventional Around View Monitor system, with its user-friendly screen display, helps the driver steer the vehicle easily into a parking space. MOD uses both the screen display and an audio buzzer to notify the driver of moving objects in the vicinity of the vehicle - such as pedestrians -during parking procedures, when starting the car, or when driving at low speeds. This technology helps supplement the driver's vision in situations such as when leaving a parking space or when entering into a junction/intersection with poor right-and-left side visibility.

Parked Car
When a moving object is detected in the area around the car, the driver is notified by both the screen display and a buzzer.

Moving Forward/Reversing
When a moving object is detected in the front view (the direction in which the car is moving) or the rear view, the driver is notified by the screen display and an audible warning.

Around View Monitor was launched for the first time in the world in October 2007 and has been available on the Infiniti EX and FX since 2008. AVM assists the driver during parking procedures with a screen display that shows a bird's eye view of the car and its surroundings and gives audible warnings when the car is near an object. In addition, a " rear wide view function" provides a 180° view from both the front and rear ends of the vehicle at the flick of a switch - a useful function at junctions/intersections with poor right-and-left visibility.

The addition of the new MOD function further enhances the Around View Monitor system without need for an additional sensor. MOD helps provide the driver with supplemental information when starting the car or driving at low speeds, thereby contributing to greater sense of security while driving, as well as during parking procedures. As always, it is the driver's responsibility to make sure his or her surroundings are safe before proceeding.
Nissan is promoting the development of advanced technologies as part of its "Safety Shield" concept, based on the idea that "vehicles help to protect people." From the viewpoint that the driver is always the main subject of driving, Nissan places emphasis on assisting the driver intuitively through means such as visual and audio notifications.

*1 Around View Monitor displays a bird's eye image of the vehicle and its surroundings. The images from four ultra-wide angle high-resolution cameras mounted on the front, sides and rear of the vehicle are processed by advanced technology. The system provides a comprehensive view to the driver in a way that makes directions easy to understand. It is especially useful when parking or driving slowly. The Around View Monitor system was employed for the first time in the world in October 2007 on the Nissan ELGRAND, and then later on the Infiniti EX and FX. AVM and MOD are supplemental features. The driver is responsible for making sure his or her surroundings are safe before proceeding.