Nissan Equips Minivan With Pedal Misapplication Prevention Technology

Oct 16, 2012
Naoshige Shimizu, Nikkei Automotive Technology
Nissan's Elgrand minivan
Nissan's Elgrand minivan
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The new function determines whether the vehicle is located inside a parking spot.
The new function determines whether the vehicle is located inside a parking spot.
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Nissan Motor Co Ltd announced Oct 12, 2012, that it will employ a function to prevent a driver from pressing down an accelerator pedal instead of a brake pedal by mistake for its Elgrand minivan to be released in 2012.

By using four cameras and an ultrasonic sensor, the function automatically applies the brakes when the driver presses the accelerator pedal while parking a car in a parking lot.

Nissan calls the function "Emergency Assist for Pedal Misapplication." It showed a prototyped vehicle equipped with the function in 2011. This time, the company commercialized it.

With the four cameras and ultrasonic sensor of the "Around View Monitor," which displays the bird's eye view of the vehicle, the function determines whether the vehicle is located inside a parking spot. Then, if there is an obstacle such as a wall in the traveling direction and the driver presses down the gas pedal, it reduces acceleration and applies the brakes before the vehicle crashes into the obstacle.