Tokyo, Japan – Nissan Motor Company has developed a new system, scheduled to be sold in Japan later this year, that helps drivers make smooth turns by synchronizing the vehicle’s navigation, engine, braking and steering systems.

The system, called the Navigation-Cooperative Intelligent Pedal, is linked to the vehicle’s navigation system. It helps the driver decelerate or brake as the car enters a curve, based on real-time navigation information. The system also uses active stability assist to control vehicle yaw movement, deceleration and braking on curves, depending on driver demand.

The system also uses Nissan’s Distance Control Assist system, first introduced on the Nissan Fuga in 2007, which works in conjunction with the car’s navigation system. Based on map information indicating a curve ahead, the system moves the accelerator pedal upward, to assist the driver in releasing the pedal. Once the foot is lifted off the pedal, the system reduces vehicle speed by activating the brakes. Nissan said it is the world’s first driving assist system focused on reducing the driver’s workload on curvy roads by integrating navigation, accelerator pedal, powertrain and brakes.

The new, fully-integrated system is scheduled for introduction on the new Fuga, which will be released in Japan in the fall of 2009.

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