Japan: Nissan introduces camera assistance linked to navigation

Nissan has announced that it will add three new functions to its parking assistance system, “Around View Monitor,” and employ it for a new model of the “Skyline Crossover” due out July 13, 2009, in Japan.

The new functions are (1) the “parking guide function,” which advises the driver of parking procedures with visual images and voices, (2) the “front/rear wide view function,” which provides a 180° view from both the front and rear ends of the vehicle, and (3) the “navigation-linked front wide view function,” which automatically shows a 180° view from the front end of the vehicle at locations registered on the navigation map, such as blind intersections.

The parking guide function provides the driver with such information as the locations to start to back up and to turn a handle backward with visual images and voices in addition to bird’s-eye views of the vehicle.

The front/rear wide view function displays a 180° view from both the front and rear ends of the vehicle on a monitor. According to Nissan, it is the world’s first function to provide a 180° view from the rear end of a vehicle.

The navigation-linked front wide view function automatically shows a 180° view from the front end of the vehicle when it approaches a location registered on the navigation map and pulls in. This function automatically displays images at, for example, blind intersections and eliminates the need to manually switch images. So, it enhances safety not only at the time of parking but also driving.

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