Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the development of the 'Emergency assist for pedal misapplication (with Carpark Detection Function)' to help reduce accidents caused by pedal misapplication.
The Emergency assist for pedal misapplication technology is aimed at reducing acceleration accidents in parking lots and other spaces where a car could collide with walls if a driver mistakenly depresses the accelerator instead of the brake pedal. Using the four cameras of the Around View Monitor and ultrasonic sonar, the system detects if the car is currently in a parking space or not; and if there are obstacles such as walls in the direction the vehicle is traveling. The function automatically controls acceleration if necessary and applies the brakes before a collision can occur.
This feature is in line with Nissan's Vision Zero safety goal which aims to eliminate deaths and serious injuries due to traffic accidents. Nissan's concept of the 'Safety Shield' designates the condition a car experiences in an accident into six stages from 'normal driving conditions' all the way to 'post-accident conditions'
The said feature is due to premiere on the updated Elgrand model – an MPV mainly sold in Japan and in select markets throughout Asia. To date, the Elgrand has been equipped with many examples of world-first advanced safety equipment, such as the Around View Monitor and Moving Object Detection functions, among others. The new Nissan Elgrand MPV is set to be introduced by the end of this year.