Nissan Introduces New Technology Designed to Help Detect Moving Objects Around the Vehicle

Monday, 16 August 2010

Nissan's MOD has been developed as an additional function for Around View Monitor, Nissan’s driving and parking assistance system.

The conventional Around View Monitor system, with its user-friendly screen display, helps the driver steer the vehicle easily into a parking space. MOD uses both the screen display and an audio buzzer to notify the driver of moving objects in the vicinity of the vehicle - such as pedestrians -during parking procedures, when starting the car, or when driving at low speeds.

This technology helps supplement the driver’s vision in situations such as when leaving a parking space or when entering into a junction/intersection with poor right-and-left side visibility.

Parked Car
When a moving object is detected in the area around the car, the driver is notified by both the screen display and a buzzer.

Moving Forward/Reversing
When a moving object is detected in the front view (the direction in which the car is moving) or the rear view, the driver is notified by the screen display and an audible warning.

Around View Monitor was launched for the first time in the world in October 2007 and has been available on the Infiniti EX and FX since 2008. AVM assists the driver during parking procedures with a screen display that shows a bird’s eye view of the car and its surroundings and gives audible warnings when the car is near an object. In addition, a “ rear wide view function” provides a 180° view from both the front and rear ends of the vehicle at the flick of a switch - a useful function at junctions/intersections with poor right-and-left visibility.

The addition of the new MOD function further enhances the Around View Monitor system without need for an additional sensor. MOD helps provide the driver with supplemental information when starting the car or driving at low speeds, thereby contributing to greater sense of security while driving, as well as during parking procedures.

As always, it is the driver’s responsibility to make sure his or her surroundings are safe before proceeding.

Nissan is promoting the development of advanced technologies as part of its “Safety Shield” concept, based on the idea that “vehicles help to protect people.” From the viewpoint that the driver is always the main subject of driving, Nissan places emphasis on assisting the driver intuitively through means such as visual and audio notifications.

Around View Monitor displays a bird’s eye image of the vehicle and its surroundings. The images from four ultra-wide angle high-resolution cameras mounted on the front, sides and rear of the vehicle are processed by advanced technology.

The system provides a comprehensive view to the driver in a way that makes directions easy to understand. It is especially useful when parking or driving slowly.

The Around View Monitor system was employed for the first time in the world in October 2007 on the Nissan ELGRAND, and then later on the Infiniti EX and FX. AVM and MOD are supplemental features. The driver is responsible for making sure his or her surroundings are safe before proceeding.

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