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October 17, 2007

Nissan To Introduce World's First 'Around View' Vehicle Monitoring System

As the 40th International Tokyo Motor Show approaches, a flurry of international information has begun flying out of Japan.  Nissan Motor Company has announced it will introduce the world's first Around View Monitor, which will provide the driver a bird's eye view of the vehicle and its surroundings in real-time.

Nissan_elgrand_around_view_01illo Nissan says the Around View Monitor will debut in its new Elgrand luxury minivan, scheduled for introduction in Japan at the end of this month. Nissan anticipates the technology will also be offered to the U.S market on the all-new Infiniti EX35 scheduled for launch this December.

The Around View Monitor system synthesizes a bird's eye image of the vehicle and its surroundings from four ultrawide-angle (180-degree) high-resolution cameras mounted on the front, sides, and rear of the vehicle. The Around View Monitor promises to be particularly helpful when parking, enabling the driver to steer easily and precisely into a parking space.

Think about it, though:  This promises to be more than just cool technology that makes parking easier; it will also increase visibility around vehicles. This product will make our driveways much safer for small children, and should reduce backover dangers, as well.

Nissan_elgrand_around_view_02 The screen displays the view from above on the left, and a front or rear view on the right. The front and rear views alternates according to the gear the driver has selected. This allows the driver a comprehensive view of the vehicle and its surrounding environment from all angles.

Nissan_elgrand_around_view_03 The left side-view is offered with the rear view, allowing the driver to more easily observe both the rear and left-front when attempting to parallel-park. The driver has the option to choose between the top view and the left side-view.

The camera-enabled sensors mounted on all four corners of the vehicle also depict the distance to an obstacle in easy-to-understand colored graphics, and help warn the driver via a "beeping" alert the closer the vehicle approaches an fixed obstacle.

By Brandy Schaffels
Contributing Editor

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