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Nissan has released details on its latest trio of safety-related technologies designed to reduce fatal and serious injuries caused by collisions.

Nissan's "Acceleration Suppression for Pedal Misapplication" technology works to mitigate collisions in confined areas by detecting whether or not the driver actually intended to step on the accelerator pedal. This system relies on four Around View Monitors that detect nearby objects and limit the response of the accelerator pedal if necessary

Next in line is Nissan's "Multi-Sensing System with Rear Camera." This technology again uses the automaker's Around View Monitors to detect pedestrians, vehicles and road conditions to alert drivers of collision risks. This system features blind-spot warning, moving-object detection and lane-departure warning and will be installed in select models beginning in 2012.

Last, but certainly not least, is Nissan's "Predictive Forward Collision Warning System." This advanced bit of tech works to prevent pileup accidents resulting from the rapid deceleration of vehicles. A sensor determines the velocity of the vehicle in front and responds, if needed, by audibly warning the driver of a looming collision and by tensioning the seat belts.

Safety, it seems, is paramount, with most all automakers rightfully investing heavily in gadgets and tech designed to keep drivers, well, driving. See the full press release worth of details after the break.
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Nissan Releases Latest Safety Innovations

YOKOHAMA, Japan (October 12, 2011) - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today released its latest safety technologies to help reduce fatal and serious injuries caused by accidents involving vehicles, based on the Company's "Safety Shield" concept.

By improving signal processing technology of vehicle-equipped cameras which helps enable the detection of people, other vehicles, road and obstacles around the vehicle, the Acceleration Suppression for Pedal Misapplication and Multi-Sensing System with Rear Camera help drivers to take avoidance behavior before an accident might occur.

In addition, the Predictive Forward Collision Warning System, which uses millimeter-wave radar to detect the deceleration of the second vehicle in front, alerts the driver in advance of a sudden drop in speed of the vehicle two cars ahead.

1. Acceleration Suppression for Pedal Misapplication

In car parks or other confined areas, in order to help mitigate collisions with obstacles such as walls due to the driver's misapplication of the accelerator instead of the brake or pressing on the accelerator too hard, Nissan has developed a function to recognize whether the vehicle is on a road or in a car park by using image signal data acquired by the Around View Monitor's four unit cameras.

When the driver presses the accelerator pedal to the floor, this function allows the vehicle to accelerate if it is on a road, and does not in a parking space.

This system is also designed to detect obstacles using sonar, and automatically applies the brake to help avoid or mitigate collisions when the vehicle is in danger of touching or colliding with nearby obstacles.

Using features of Around View Monitor and the sonar system, this technology helps reduce the risk of accidents occurring through misapplication of the accelerator and brake brought about by driver operational mistakes. Nissan aims to commercialize this technology within two years.

2. Multi-Sensing System with Rear Camera

Using the Around View Monitor image processing technology, Nissan developed Multi-Sensing System with Rear Camera, which detects people, other vehicles and road conditions in the rear and sides of the vehicle, to alert drivers of possible collision risks. This system has the following three functions and will be installed in new models from 2012, followed by global distribution.

Blind Spot Warning
If the driver operates the turn signal while not being aware of other vehicles traveling in the driver's blind spot, a buzzer is sounded simultaneously with an indication lamp flashing on the front pillar to warn the driver of the vehicle.

Lane Departure Warning
The rear camera works to detect the white lines on the road. If the driver does not use the turn signal and starts to drift from their current lane unintentionally, a buzzer is sounded and a signal on the display warns the driver that the car is drifting into another lane.

Moving Object Detection
When the vehicle is placed in reverse, the rear camera's image processing function works to detect moving objects or people, such as pedestrians, around the vehicle. On detection of a moving object, the driver is warned with a buzzer and display signals.

Nissan plans to apply this function to Around View Monitor in the Elgrand, where minor changes are planned for this November.

3. Predictive Forward Collision Warning System

To help prevent pileup accidents resulting from the deceleration of vehicles in front and out of view, a sensor installed in the front of the vehicle analyzes the relative velocity and the vehicular gap existing between the two vehicles in front. When the system determines the need to decelerate, it warns the driver in advance with a buzzer, signal on display, and also by tightening the seat belt.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      How about a sensor that detects any of the following and shuts down the vehicle: - cellphone use - makeup application - gps reprogramming - sleeping - eating - copulation
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about you guys just make pillars that aren't 2 feet wide, so people can actually see out the windows? Anyone who's ever driven a Murano knows how awful that car is to see out of. No wonder you need a camera. So much tech today could be mitigated by basic shoulder checks and paying attention. But I guess you can't make money off of that....
      Jim R
      • 3 Years Ago
      Or we could just train up better drivers and take irresposible/stupid/fossilized drivers OFF THE ROAD.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If Nissan puts these technologies in their future vehicles...I won't be a future buyer unless there is a clearly marked "off" button that does exactly what it says. I'm not saying that safety features are worthless, but things like "acceleration suppression" are subject to failure or working at inappropriate times...I don't want my car constantly guessing about my intentions.
        Tango Down
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sounds like you're just the person these safety features are aimed at. ;)
        Clarke Bouma
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ya i couldn't agree more! What about when i want to ram a van full of children? (/sarcasm)
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Clarke Bouma
          Every time I see one of those obnoxious "baby on board" stickers I want to do just that.
      • 3 Years Ago
      All of those should be connected by wi-fi to the state DMV, so that if any of them are triggered, your license is automatically revoked. Seriously, who other than some kind of clueless dumbass or teenage text queen is going to need any of that stuff?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Have you driven lately? The clueless dumbasses and the text queens have been spawning heavily over the last couple of years.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Spoken like a libertarian dumbass who never leaves the small town he's lived in all his miserable life.
          • 3 Years Ago
          Spoken like a liberal puke who wants everyone else to take care of his sorry, no-talent, dope smoking, live-in-his-parent's-basement ass his whole sorry life.
      • 3 Years Ago
      These are really not safety features, all they do is take away some of the responsibilty of the driver to pay attention. If the law enforcers would enforce the laws people would not need any of these items. I cannot remember here in St. Louis when I have last seen someone enforcing a traffic law. Most do not use turn signals and do 70mph in 60's and 45 in 35's. No reason to actually do the speed limit as it is all about " I "
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you need a device to solve your issues with pressing the wrong pedal, you shouldn't be driving in the first place! I know someone who did this, and she caused a huge wreck. The black box told the truth, she was flooring it, even though she was "sure" she had been pressing the brake pedal. And she never, ever should have been licensed.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great! More tools...to help people who can't drive....drive badly.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess actually turning around and looking out the window is out of the question
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