In the last few years, Infiniti has joined the ranks of the Germans by offering a range of enhanced active safety features on its higher-end models. But Nissan wants to bring many of these systems to its core models, including blind spot and lane departure warnings.

But that's old hat now.

This week in Japan, Nissan demonstrated three new safety technologies that are bound for both Infiniti and Nissan models in the next few years, two of which are sure to be copied by other automakers in short order.
Rear Camera Multi-Sensing System



Nissan is evolving its Around View Monitor to include Blind Spot And Lane Departure warning, both of which have been available from Infiniti in the past. But the newest addition to this safety suite is Moving Object Detection, due to arrive next year. Utilizing the rearview camera and a new image processing system, when the vehicle is put into reverse, it can detect objects and people, highlighting them with a red box and alerting the driver of their presence with both an audible alert and dashboard warning – lessening the chance that little Jimmy gets run over while his intensive mother is backing out of the driveway. As you can see in the video, the system works with a front-mounted camera, as well.


Acceleration Suppression for Pedal Misapplication



If Toyota-gate has taught us anything, it's that drivers often mistake the accelerator for the brake. Nissan's new Acceleration Suppression system is designed to eliminate this issue, at least when it comes to parking maneuvers.

By using the Around View cameras mounted in the bottom of the exterior mirrors, the system can detect when a driver is pulling into a parking space by recognizing the lines painted on the pavement. Coupled with a front-sensing radar unit to detect a wall or other stationary object, the system will recognize the driver unintentionally mashing the gas and automatically apply the brakes. We tested the system out on several occasions and it worked every single time, which means 7-Eleven attendants can sleep more soundly when the system comes to market in two year's time.


Predictive Forward Collision Warning System



Adaptive Cruise Control has been around for over a decade, but one issue with the system is that it just keeps track of the vehicle ahead. Nissan's Predictive Warning system takes the concept to the next level.

Using the same radar-based sensor mounted in the front bumper, the system detects the second vehicle ahead by extending the radar's range underneath the vehicle directly in front. If that vehicle doesn't brake in time the system alerts the driver with an audible warning, and when the driver directly ahead swerves out of the way, both an audible and visual warning alerts the driver of an impending collision and pretensions the seat belts. While Predictive Forward Collision doesn't brake for the driver, linking the ABS wouldn't be difficult, as you can see in the second demonstration in the video above. And before you ask, the system can still detect the second vehicle in line, even if the Civic directly in front suffers from a terminally low stance.

Engineers wouldn't give us a firm production date for the system, but it's safe to assume that the refreshed Infiniti line-up will benefit from the tech within the next few years.


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      Balbir Raughi
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nissan is on a roll. Just in the past couple of weeks: Nov 17th, 2011: Nissan announces the new 2013 GT-R - 0 to 60mph in 2.7 seconds. Nov 29th, 2011: Nissan announces its next generation fuel cell stack for 2015 Nov 29th, 2011: Nissan announces its newest hybrid drive system - a 2.5L supercharged hybrid engine for the Altima Dec 2nd, 2011: Nissan shows off the new and improved CVT Dec 2nd, 2011: Nissan introduces the new safety technologies What is their R&D budget like?!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      kaisertyler
      • 3 Years Ago
      seems alot like volvo city safe / active cruse control w/ auto brake.....
      Walt
      • 3 Years Ago
      "If Toyota-gate has taught us anything, it's that drivers often mistake the accelerator for the brake." There you go again, giving aid and comfort to those that don't deserve it. Are you forgetting that Toyota recalled 10 million vehicles last year for unsecured floor mats and sticky accelerators? People died because of Toyota's quality shortcomings, yet you're willing to sweep it under the rug with pedal misapplication. Sad.
        William Tomlin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Walt
        Toyota is the world's largest automaker, selling tens of millions of cars every year. A whopping 50 people died from "Toyota-gate." That's hardly an alarming rate, as insensitve as that sounds. Congrats of trying to drum up unneccessary controversy from it though. The media sure enjoyed doing the same.
          anonymous guy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @William Tomlin
          Toyota has had a hell of a lot mpre problems other than the floor mats not being properly attached to the floorboard.
          RichHobo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @William Tomlin
          This is probably the most disgusting comment I've ever read on an automotive site in my life. I'll spare you the whole "what if it was your family or friend" bullcrap and cut to the chase. ANY life lost is a tragedy and there is no excuse for producing vehicles that do not ensure the safety of its occupants. Other manufacturers didn't experience the same issues, so there is absolutely no reason why Toyota should have them. It doesn't matter if the manufacturer sells tens of millions or just ten vehicles a year. You, sir, are far worse than the media that supposedly "drum[med] up unnecessary controversy from it". Congrats.
          William Tomlin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @William Tomlin
          Might I add.. The 50 people figure is over a period of 5 years (the span of the specific models cited in the recall.) So on average, 10 people died a year in Toyota models believed to suffer from "unintended acceleration." I am sick, and tired of having to still hear about this from idiots who don't even bother to show as much concern for the some 3,000 people who die from SUV rollover accidents every year, or for the near 1,500 people who die from faulty brakes, and so on and so on. Where is your outrage? Where are the calls for hearings in Congress? You know what you are? A hypocrite. So yes, this Toyota thing suffered from a severe case of media hype.
          William Tomlin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @William Tomlin
          "I'll spare you the whole "what if it was your family or friend" bullcrap and cut to the chase." Then I'd be upset. But it wasn't, and my mother's Toyota Camry is still happily operating, and she knows how to drive it properly. "Other manufacturers didn't experience the same issues, " Yes, other manufacturers experience their own safety issues, such as Hondas and Fords randomly slamming airbags in drivers' faces and Chevies spontaneously combusting. Toyota hasn't experienced those issues so there's no reason Honda and Chevy should have them, correct? "You, sir, are far worse than the media that supposedly "drum[med] up unnecessary controversy from it". Congrats." Thank you. +1 to ******** like you and me.
          onezip36envy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @William Tomlin
          NOBODY should have died
        Sickness
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Walt
        The NTHSA confirmed that the vast majority of incidents were due to driver error. The statement is accurate and no one is sweeping it under the rug.
          onezip36envy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sickness
          yes, but why only toyotas ? because something was wrong with the toyotas
          benzw124
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sickness
          "That still leaves us with floor mats where Toyota was to cheap to install an anchor point and sticky gas pedals," Or... driver error. And no, you are not a "Toyotaphile" for pointing out inconsitencies and false conclusions. No electronic malfunctions does not automatically mean faulty floor mats. Use your noggin.
          Walt
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sickness
          NTHSA confirmed no such thing. They employed NASA engineers to determine if there was an ELECTRONIC glitch that was causing Toyota's to careen out of control. While the data is surrounded in controversy, NASA engineers were unable to pinpoint an ELECTRONIC issue with Toyota vehicles. That still leaves us with floor mats where Toyota was to cheap to install an anchor point and sticky gas pedals, both of which resulted in recalls. Please, Toyotaphiles, do yourself a favor and resist trying to rewrite history on this one. Accept the fact that after Toyota's malfeasance regarding this issue means Toyota will never again be looked upon as the standard bearer of automotive quality, which was the only reason people bought Toyotas in the first place. Forever more, Toyota will be just another car company. And I'll be here to remind you of that fact. Have a nice day.
          benzw124
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sickness
          What part of "driver error" do you not understand? Not "Toyota driver error," "DRIVER ERROR." Driver errors don't only happen in Toyotas.
      BRKF06
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those all sound pretty worthless.
      Dvanos
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool stuff but too many annoying beeps and chimes. Drivers are suppose to be pay attention at all times to avoid issues these systems prevent. This will just create more lazy drivers.
        piggybox
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dvanos
        We human have invented countless tools to make us lazier for thousands of years. Actually one can even argue laziness itself is a main driver of a large part of innovation. Good or bad, we just can't stop it...
      Nick Pape
      • 3 Years Ago
      I say this is wonderful, anything to help the Asians drive better.....
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sweet. Adding more cost and complexity to a car. These will be fun to fix in a used car.
        adam1keith1980
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        Unfortunately, the life of a car for most manufacturers is when the lease it up or the warranty ends. They make no money on used cars, so they don't care for used car buyers.
      Big Bird
      • 3 Years Ago
      So what now, your car won't let you run over your neighbor's dog?
        Greg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Big Bird
        Or how about that annoying ex-wife who is taking all of your money in alimony and sleeping with all of your friends? What is this world coming to?
      artso06
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let's make drivers lest clueless than the already are. This tech looks more annoying than useful, especially if your...gasp...a good driver
        nhl5500055
        • 1 Year Ago
        @artso06
        u are a very arrogant stupid person i never ever ever comment on these things especially on other peoples comments but what the hell are u saying. it doesnt matter how good a driver if two shmucks ahead of u makes a short stop how good of driver are u gonna when u rear end someone and then u get rear ended and end up in a 4 car accident. and what do u have against new technology coming out
        lostincake
        • 3 Years Ago
        @artso06
        Soon they will also start annoying our grate grammer
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmmmm call Google, bundle everything together and Im pretty sure we will have a self-driving car in a year or two.
      • 3 Years Ago
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