Nissan has demonstrated new active safety technologies at the Nissan 360 event in California.
The innovations are being showcased on Nissan Leafs, 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. The new technology is also 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.
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 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.