Yokohama, Japan – Nissan has released its latest safety technologies in Japan, based on its “Safety Shield” concept. These include the Acceleration Suppression for Pedal Misapplication, Multi-Sensing System with Rear Camera and Predictive Forward Collision Warning System.
The Acceleration Suppression uses the car’s Around View Monitor’s four cameras to determine if the vehicle is on a road or in a parking lot. When the driver presses the accelerator pedal to the floor, this function allows the vehicle to accelerate if it is on a road, but not if it is in a parking space, avoiding collisions with nearby obstacles if a driver hits the wrong pedal. The system also detect obstacles using sonar and automatically applies the brake to help avoid or mitigate collisions when the vehicle is in danger of touching nearby obstacles. Nissan aims to commercialize this technology within two years.
The Multi-Sensing System also uses the Around View Monitor image processing technology to detect people, other vehicles and road conditions in the rear and sides of the vehicle to alert drivers of possible collision risks. It includes a blind spot warning, lane departure warning and a moving object detection that detects moving objects such as pedestrians through the rearview camera. This system will be installed in new models in 2012 in Japan, followed by global distribution.
The Predictive Forward Collision Warning System uses a sensor in the front of the vehicle that analyzes the relative velocity and the gap between the two vehicles in front. When the system determines the need to decelerate, it warns the driver with a buzzer, a display signal and by tightening the seatbelt.