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Nissan uses rear camera for Safety Shield

Nissan is introducing its new Safety Shield system on the latest version of its Note model. The three advanced safety functions are all run using data captured by a single rear-facing wide-view camera. The Safety Shield system comprises: Blind Spot Warning, which uses the rear-mounted Around View Monitor (AVM) camera to detect vehicles in the hidden blind spot areas on both sides of the Note. If a vehicle is detected in either blind spot, a discreet warning light illuminates in the glass of the wing mirror. If the driver indicates to change lanes and the system detects a vehicle in the danger area, the light flashes and an audible warning is given.

Lane Departure Warning detects if the car is starting to drift out of a traffic lane. Normally, a windscreen mounted camera or radar system is required for this function, however, the Note only uses the rear AVM camera. Advanced computer programming detects even faint road markings, allowing the car to determine if it is drifting out of position without indicating, and warns the driver to correct their road position. The system automatically adjusts its sensitivity when on rural roads to allow for the different driving conditions.

The AVM camera also provides the information for the Moving Object Detection system, which gives the driver a ‘digital co-pilot’ to help them observe what is approaching or in the vehicle’s path when reversing Note. While conventional parking aids warn the driver of an object in their way, Moving Object Detection gives an audible and visual alert if someone or something is in motion behind the car, such as a small child. Mounted on the tailgate and having a convex lens, the AVM camera has a sweep of vision in excess of 180-degrees, giving it an unparalleled field of vision at the back of the car. Images from the camera are displayed on the 14.7cm (5.8 inches) Nissan Connect screen.

March 11, 2013

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