For the first time in its segment, the 2013 Nissan Altima will have available features only seen in vehicles with a steeper price tag: lane departure warning, blind spot warning, and moving object detection. These features usually operate independently from each other, requiring an array of sensors, but Nissan has come up with a way to do it all with one camera. Usually these systems but Nissan will only use a single wide-angle lens. With each of these available features using just one camera that cuts down on the technology which in turn, lowers the overall price tag.
Lane departure warning works with the rear-view camera to continuously scan the road for lane markers. If the system detects the driver is leaving the current lane without a turning signal engaged, an icon lights up and an audible cue begins to go off. Moving object detection springs into action when the vehicle is put in reverse and utilizes the rear-view camera by scanning the area behind. If an object crosses into the camera’s line of sight, an audible warning starts going off and a yellow frame appears on screen as a warning. Blind spot warning does just what its name indicates, alerting the driver when another vehicle is in your blind spot. Besides being responsible for all of these aforementioned features, the rear-view camera can also clean itself with a drop of windshield washer fluid that’s sucked down back from the reservoir up front in the engine bay.
While the all-new Altima’s rear-view camera is a segment first, Nissan’s Elgrand, an MPV only sold in Japan and certain other markets in Asia is one of the automaker’s best examples of its technology (the GT-R not withstanding). The Elgrand already includes features like Around View Monitor and Moving Object Detection but now Nissan is working on Emergency assist for pedal misapplication. This feature will be included as part of the Carpark Detection Function and will apply the brake in the event that the driver accidentally hits the accelerator in a parking lot or garage.
Unlike the all-new Altima, the Elgrand relies on four separate cameras and ultrasonic sonar to see if the vehicle is in a parking spot. The system also scans for other obstructions that may be in front of the vehicle while it’s traveling. If the system does detect an obstruction, it will override the accelerator pedal and apply the brakes instead.
Automotive.com’s take: While we don’t expect the Elgrand to make it over to the states anytime soon, we do think it’s plausible for Nissan to incorporate that technology into its vehicles here. Stay tuned for more details about Nissan’s latest technology and check out our first drive with the 2013 Nissan Altima.
Source: Nissan, Far East Gizmos