Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced its “Forward Collision Avoidance Assist Concept,” a new technology designed to address both sides of potential rear end collisions: helping a driver avoid hitting the vehicle ahead in a lane of travel, while also helping reduce the potential risk of sudden braking – being rear-ended by a vehicle approaching from behind. The new system has the capability of avoiding possible collisions at forward speeds of up to approximately 60kph, the highest speed ever for forward collision avoidance systems.
The concept utilizes a highly sensitive radar sensor to monitor the distance from the vehicle in front and its relative speed. When the system judges that deceleration is required, it alerts the driver using both a screen display and sound, then generates a force that pushes the accelerator pedal up and smoothly applies partial braking to assist the driver in slowing the vehicle down.
If the system judges that there is the possibility of a collision, it will automatically apply harder braking and tighten the driver’s seatbelt.