Jul 29th, 2010 by Dean Hightower
Nissan has revealed that it has an automatic accident avoidance system capable of preventing front-end collisions. Nissan’s Forward Collision Avoidance Assist Concept uses radar to detect objects in front of the vehicle and either assists in braking or stops the car if the driver isn’t responding. The system will be part of Nissan’s Safety Shield program of driver assistance technologies. Nissan says that the automated braking system can completely prevent an accident at up to 36-mph.
Nissan’s system uses radar to detect if there is an object, vehicle or pedestrian directly in front of the car, then determines how far away the object is and checks the driver’s response. If the driver is not avoiding a collision, Nissan’s FCAAC system will first apply the brakes to slow the vehicle. If the system senses that the driver is still not reacting, it will apply full emergency braking to prevent a collision, according to Motor Authority.
Nissan’s system will only work to prevent front-end collisions that the driver could have avoided by responding properly, and it still isn’t ready to be used in production cars. Still, the Nissan accident avoidance system is impressive and should cut down on accidents due to driver neglect, especially when approaching stop lights, when a lot of people get distracted by radios or cell phones. When the system finally does become available as an option on Nissan cars, cars equipped with it should have lower insurance rates.
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