Nissan releases new safety moves
Nissan has released its latest safety technologies to help reduce fatal and serious injuries caused by accidents involving vehicles.
* 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 monitor’s four 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.
* 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 travelling 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 its around-view monitor where minor changes are planned for this November.
I 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 seatbelt.