Nissan Adds New Functions to 'Around View Monitor'

Jul 10, 2009
Saeko Kushitani, Nikkei Automotive Technology
The "parking guide function"
The "parking guide function"
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The "front wide view"
The "front wide view"
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The "rear wide view"
The "rear wide view"
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A location registered by a user on the navigation map
A location registered by a user on the navigation map
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Nissan Motor Co Ltd 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. A parking spot can be set in accordance with the driver's preference and the environment. Also, the function can guide parking that requires the vehicle to move forwards and backwards several times.

The front/rear wide view function displays a 180° view from both the front and rear ends of the vehicle on a monitor. To better inform the driver about the surroundings, it shows an image including the rear bumper.

For example, when the vehicle is going out of a parking spot, the driver can see approaching vehicles and pedestrians that otherwise cannot be recognized. 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.