Here’s braking news from Nissan! Nissan Motor Co. have just developed the ultimate gadget in safety systems technology that would prevent collisions from occurring with the inbuilt computer that works in tandem with radar that can be mounted on your car. It works on the same lines as that of the Eporo Robot Car unveiled by Nissan last year.
An increasing awareness among automobile buyers about safety is what seems to have prompted Nissan – the Japanese auto manufacturer -- to introduce this latest technological innovation in collision avoidance system. The new concept assists in avoiding a forward collision by initially warning the driver in advance with a radar sensor that is mounted in front of the car and then automatically applying brakes to evade a collision or minimize the effects of one occurring. Check this video to see the Nissan Forward Collision Avoidance Concept in action.
The radar sensor device which is mounted just beneath the front bumper of the car gauges the distance and the relative speed of the vehicle in front of it and calculates the speed and time of the impact and by automatically braking prevents or minimizes a collision from taking place. Even before the impact, an alarm goes off and the driver gets to see the warning on his screen display.
The device also helps in decelerating the vehicle by automatically applying the brakes gradually and partially. In case the driver is still slow in responding to the early warning signs, the system automatically helps to push up the accelerator, tighten the seat belts of the passengers and the driver while it goes all the way, and applies the brakes harder enabling the vehicle to come to a total stop. The point in favor of this system is that there is no sudden jerk as felt when the driver would usually apply his brakes in a panic. The whole process is done very gently and well in time to prevent a collision from happening.
The system software also enables the vehicle to track back to its original lane in case it glides out of it and aids it to keep safe distance from vehicles that may be too close in the lanes adjacent with its blind spot ascertaining technology. The vehicles coming up behind are also sufficiently informed when the braking lights go on indicating the vehicle is slowing down due to the automatic brakes being applied gradually.
Nissan apparently is not the premier crash-proof car maker. Earlier this year this system was developed by the manufacturers of Subaru cars – Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. The difference between the Nissan and Subaru forward collision technology is that Nissan technology is effective at speeds up to 60 kilometers an hour – currently the highest - whereas Subaru’s is limited to up to 30 kilometers per hour.
As a part of its safety project, Nissan has also developed a special technology for its vehicles that will cut down the number of incidents of grave injuries and fatalities by half. The four cameras with wide-angle video built into the navigation system of the car will monitor the area surrounding the car displaying pedestrians and stray animals and prevent even low- speed accidents that happen while parking or easing the car out of the lot. We will have to wait and see when this collision avoidance system from Nissan would be available for their regular passenger cars and trucks.