APN, 16th March 2006.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., has just
announced yesterday the development of what it calls the
"Distance Control Assist System", an electronic
system that helps drivers control the distance between
themselves and the vehicle in front.
Distance Control Assist System structure.
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
Distance Control Assist System in
Example of a car coming too close to a
preceding vehicle. If the driver releases
the accelerator pedal, the system
automatically applies the brakes.
Right: Example in which deceleration by a
preceding vehicle requires the driver to
brake. An indicator will appear on the
instrument panel and a buzzer will sound
simultaneously. The accelerator pedal will
then automatically move up.
If the driver releases the accelerator
pedal or is not pressing it, 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
accelerator 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 Shield2 concept, and accident
prevention and management approach based on the idea of
"vehicles that help protect people".
system applies the brakes only when the driver is not
pressing the accelerator pedal.
2 Safety Shield: Through this
concept introduced in 2004, Nissan aims to help create a
safe motorised 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.