Posted Dec 2nd 2011 4:44PM
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.