Helps drivers control following distances
Nissan Press Release - TOKYO (March 15, 2006)
In its ongoing efforts to improve traffic safety, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., today announced the development of Distance Control Assist System, an electronic system that helps drivers control the distance between themselves and the vehicle in front.
The new system is especially useful in heavy traffic when frequent braking is required.
The system is able to determine the following distance of the driver, as well as the relative speed of both cars, using a radar sensor installed in the front bumper. If the driver releases the gas pedal or is not pressing the gas pedal, the system automatically applies the brakes.*1 If the system determines that braking is required, an indicator will appear on the instrument panel and a buzzer will sound simultaneously. The gas pedal will then automatically move upwards to assist the driver in switching to the brakes.
The Distance Control Assist System is the latest innovation developed under Nissan's Safety Shield*2 concept, an accident prevention and management approach based on the idea of vehicles that help protect people.
Detailed illustration of the Distance Control Assist System in operation:
Example of a car coming____Example in which deceleration
too close to a preceding____a preceding vehicle requires
vehicle. _________________the driver to brake.
If the driver releases the____An indicator will appear on the
gas pedal, the system the___instrument panel and a buzzer will
system will automatically____sound simultaneously. The gas
applies the brakes.*1_______pedal will then automatically move
*1 The system applies the brakes only when the driver is not pressing the gas pedal.
*2 Safety Shield: Through this concept introduced in 2004, Nissan aims to help create a safe motorized society in which there are no traffic accidents. The company is continuously working to design and engineer safer vehicles and has set a goal of halving by 2015 the number of fatal and serious injuries involving Nissan vehicles as compared to the 1995 level.