Nissan gives small car drivers unrivalled 360-degree vision
16 April 2013
The average human has a field of vision of around 120 degrees, but drivers of the new Nissan Note will be able to see a full 360 degrees.
The new model, unveiled at last month's Geneva Motor Show, is the first Nissan to feature its advanced Safety Shield - a package of technologies that delivers a new level of driver assistance in the small car segment - along with the advanced Around View Monitor to help minimise the risk of accidents and to make manoeuvres easier and safer.
Safety Shield incorporates Nissan's Blind Spot Warning system, Lane Departure Warning and Moving Object Detection delivered via a convex-lens camera located - unconventionally - at the rear of the car.
The camera provides drivers with over 180-degrees visibility from a point just below the rear windscreen, effectively giving them eyes in the back of their heads and allowing them to see objects out of their normal field of view. The system also alerts drivers to potential dangers, such as a child in the path of a reversing manoeuvre or other vehicles hidden in blind spots.
Making use of a further three cameras - one on the front grille and one on each door mirror - the Note also features Nissan's 'helicopter view' parking aid, Around View Monitor, giving drivers a birds-eye view of their car.
The 5.8in dashboard mounted screen displays a full, virtual 360-degree view, making manoeuvres significantly easier and safer.
The Nissan Note is believed to be the first car in its segment to offer this sophisticated yet easy-to-use system. Production of the new Nissan Note will start in the summer, with first deliveries scheduled for autumn 2013.