Prototype Nissan Leaf demonstrates New Safety Technology

Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., believes in a future world without harmful car accidents. With this in mind, the company said it has solidified its position as a leading innovator in safety technology by demonstrating two key new breakthroughs for the first time.

The innovations are being showcased on board Nissan Leaf vehicles, combining the company’s commitment to pursue sustainable mobility through zero emissions with its goal of a world with virtually no traffic accidents leading to death or serious injury.

Nissan also said the new technology is a step towards achieving autonomous driving.

The first innovation is advanced sensors. Laser scanners and Around View Monitor cameras monitor the surroundings of the vehicle in a full 360 degree circle, continually looking for obstacles, other vehicles and potential risks, as well as road signs and signals.

The second breakthrough is in the area of vehicle intelligence which enables the car to react to the data the advanced sensors collect.

According to Nissan, together the innovations enable the car to handle complex real-world road situations.

Three new scenarios are being demonstrated at Nissan 360 for the first time:

- Autonomous side distance control

- Intersection entry and turning with oncoming traffic monitor

- Overtaking with oncoming traffic monitor

Side distance control is to be used on the highway. It enables the car to recognize when the lane is closed due to obstacles narrowing the travel path, and steer to avoid a collision. Such a situation might occur in the real world when lanes on a highway are closed for road works.

Intersection entry/turn with oncoming traffic monitor is an application for city driving. The Nissan Leafs at the N360 event are capable of passing through a junction while avoiding oncoming traffic.

Overtaking with oncoming traffic monitor is a capability also used in urban areas. The vehicle can detect a parked car at the side of the road, check for a gap in oncoming traffic, and steer around the obstacle when it is safe to proceed.

The innovations being demonstrated at Nissan 360 come from Nissan’s Research and Development with the long term aim to create “Collision-free cars.”

Nissan said it has already developed, and continues to improve, Safety Shield, which provides the driver with an all-around driver support system, including Around View Monitor, Back-up Collision Intervention, Lane Departure Prevention and Distance Control Assist. Safety Shield monitors 360 degrees around the car for risks, offers warnings to the driver and takes action to prevent an accident.

Nissan’s technical team said the new breakthroughs strengthen the capability to detect and avoid a potential risk from an early stage, before the situation becomes critical, based on the idea that cars should help protect people.

Nissan did not reveal when it expects this technology to be available to the general public.