Around View Monitor.
14 November 2007.
Nissan's new Around View Monitor
(AVM) system, which is launched in Japan with the new
Elgrand, will reach the U.S. market very soon with the
all new Infiniti EX35, scheduled for launch this
The Around View Monitor safety vision
includes several systems that enhance or
"extend" a driver's vision, especially when
parking or backing up. It provides real-time images to
the driver of the complete area around the vehicle.
Taken by four high-resolution,
180-degree wide-angle cameras mounted at the front, rear
and on both sides of the vehicle, these images are
synthesised and shown on an instrument panel display,
giving the driver a "bird's-eye view" of what
is occurring outside of the vehicle.
Particularly helpful when parking,
the AVM enables the driver to steer easily and precisely
into a parking space.
The screen displays the view from
above on the left, and a front or rear view on the
right. The front and rear views alternate according to
the gear shift. This allows the driver a comprehensive
view of the vehicle and its surrounding environment from
The left side-view brings the rear
view, allowing the driver to more easily observe both
the rear and left-front when attempting to
parallel-park. The driver has the option to choose
between the top view and the left side-view.
The camera-enabled sensors mounted on
all four corners of the vehicle depict the distance to
an obstacle in coloured graphics, and help warn the
driver via a "beeping" alert the closer the
vehicle approaches a fixed obstacle.
The AVM system enables the driver to
determine at a glance the vehicle's position in relation
to the lines of a parking space, as well as making it
easier to determine the vehicle's path when parallel
parking or pulling into a tight garage space. Front and
rear views can also be displayed along with an overhead
view, enabling a driver to simultaneously confirm the
front, rear and around-vehicle situation.
Side blind spots can also be shown
together with the rear view, so that the driver can
simultaneously check the left front side and rear of the
vehicle, which are the most worrisome areas when
parallel parking. In addition, supplemental sonar
devices are located at the vehicle corners, enabling the
camera displays to be easier understood.